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Why are buildings white-washed in Greece?


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November 07, 2012 2:47PM

Houses are white washed because it keeps them cool. The houses themselves are very old and were built before modern conveniences like air-conditioning. The white wash reflects sunlight keeping them cool. They are even cool to the touch. The houses are white washed three times a year, with each person being responsible for white washing their own home. The blue domes represent the sea and sky.