Interactive map of Monuments & Sights of Kefalonia-Ithaca

In contrast to other countries where the elements of historical heritage are usually limited in number, concentrated and relate to specific historical periods, the Greek area presents such elements in their entirety, which cover all historical periods and in many cases they are reflected in same area, framed by a very diverse natural environment. It is generally an extremely rich place, environmentally and culturally. Unfortunately, many elements of the local history and natural environment are not widely known. Also, even when some of them are known, the visit to them is not optimized as there is no easy display of them in the space. An interactive map that, although time consuming, is easy and inexpensive to create, can meet our daily need to escape from everyday life and at the same time discover this richness of nature and culture, organizing more effectively a trip to the countryside. So the map listed here (the link is given below) hopes to become onedaily tool that will inform about the options of points of interest (POI) and / or will suggest stops for visiting points of interest and activities, along a predetermined route (itinerary).

The map depicts points of interest and attractions that one can visit, and is intended primarily for leisure and to get to know our place better – something that ultimately concerns their “historical” promotion and transmission from generation to generation, and secondarily for visitors and their tourist promotion.

Such places are the Historic buildings (old buildings, traditional windmills-threshing floors-bridges, fortifications, etc.), Tribute monuments & works of art (monuments of the fallen, important events, sculptures, etc.), Monuments of Nature (caves, geos, others lakes, waterfalls, sinks, beaches).

The points of interest have been grouped into thematic categories ( Caves & Monuments of Nature, Beaches, Sightseeing, Routes, Traditional & Ruined Settlements and Preserved Buildings ) or in time periods mainly for man-made / cultural monuments ( Monuments of the 20th, 21st Century, 21st & 21st Century century – period of English occupation 1800-1864 AD, Monuments of the 16th-18th century – period of Venetian occupation 1500-1797 AD & First French occupation 1797-1799 AD, Ancient & Byzantine Monuments until the 15th century -1453 AD .X. Or Medieval -1492 AD).

The list of points shown is indicative and is constantly updated. At the moment, some basic information is included, which comes from various sources, official documents (eg Government Gazette, historical archive documents, etc.), reports and internet publications. For some of these information is inaccurate or confused, here are the ones that are available and prevalent.

Safety during outdoor activities
It is pointed out that during each visit, especially on demanding routes outside the city, caution is required as there are always inherent dangers even small, in any outdoor activity, even in the best weather conditions.

So on demanding routes it is good to have taken care (indicatively and not exhaustively):

1. to know the forecast of the weather phenomena in the wider area in which we will move, and information about the road network or other disasters that have already occurred in our destination.

2. to inform familiar persons regarding the destination and the possible time of our return so that they can look for us if a long time has passed.

3. to be in good physical condition with mental clarity before leaving for the upcoming activity, and to never go out alone but at least accompanied by a second person.

4. have the appropriate equipment as appropriate, such as suitable footwear for hiking on uneven ground or sufficient liquids to prevent dehydration at relatively high temperatures. Also if we use a vehicle we should have checked that it is in good condition. The transport of a small, well-equipped pharmacy and communication devices with sufficient energy reserve (eg the mobile phone is well charged). Here we must remember that the most important thing is not the equipment we bring but the knowledge and training in dealing with emergencies, and composure in all situations in order to keep our minds clear to adapt our thinking and manage every incident.

We should never start demanding activities if any of the above is not secured, while there are more points of attention depending on the chosen destination or prevailing conditions, this list is indicative.

Preservation of the environment
The environment includes not only the physical characteristics but also those that have been added by man, so it is separated into natural and man-made environment. Both of these aspects coexist, each has its own value and must be equally respected . Especially the monuments that concern hostilities in time of war but also accidents, are signs of human misery and pain and therefore historical monuments, therefore we must pay due respect.

We must remember that any visit to a cultural monument site, environmentally sensitive site or any site, regardless of institutionalized importance, must not cause any alteration , including the disposal of waste.

Access link:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1YmmKiQ6DxpN8GjfJHNC_Nm9OeAVleW1D&usp=sharing

Telemachus Beriatos

First edition: December 2021

Use is free but in case of incorporation of the present in articles, websites, publications or other advertising and information medium or material and especially when this medium or material concerns business activity, at the point where the link is given the author should be clearly mentioned.

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