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Windows: The Cretan Operating System

By R. C. Camphausen
Posted Aug 21, 2010 in Travel
There’s an old Cretan saying, it seems, which states “The only good window is a closed window.”
On Crete, windows are regarded as beautiful if they are small, and they are seen as perfect when they’re invisibly hidden behind shutters. You'll find the evidence in the images below.
Foreigners often believe that windows are made for letting as much light in as possible, but that’s an erroneous notion. On Crete, windows are simply made for letting bad air out, which only takes a few minutes.
For the rest of the day, windows and shutters help to keep the heat out during summer, the cold in winter, and storms at all times.