In Amorgos island, we love and protect our beautiful nature.
Greece is one of the few countries that has been included on the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity for the use of dry stone walls. The practice is recognised as a good use of space environmentally, one of great traditional significance which creates a harmonious bond between humans and nature. Known for its beautiful, wild and untouched nature, there are so many reasons why Amorgos island should be on your travel list. And you can be sure that you will find plenty of dry-stone walls around the island as they are of great popularity in Amorgos. Over the years, the local people of the island try as best as they can to keep the island in its pure state with practices that enrich the agriculture, its natural beauty and ways that are environmentally friendly.
The use of dry-stone walls is one of great importance in Amorgos with many benefits and uses.
Traditionally, they are used for agricultural reasons. Many farmers from the island build the walls to protect their field crops and agriculture. Also as part of the agricultural element, locals also build dry stone-walls to expose their part of the land and separate from the rest. Many also do so for their animals such as goats and sheep, to keep them in an environment where they cannot wonder of and get lost.
SAFETY & MAINTENANCE
There is also a safety aspect to dry stone walls, also being used to prevent landslides and floods, being an effective way to keep the nature safe, without damage being caused.
Believe it or not, back in the days, these stone walls were also used as an artistic canvas for locals who carved on rocks. Asfondilitis is a village in Amorgos island that is well known for this and the carvings are known to be around 100 years old.
From time to time however these dry stone-wall structures can weaken and restoration may be needed. For this reason, many locals and sometimes even tourists organise days where many come together to work towards the restoration of some of these walls. The practice is also a great way for the community to come together and do something for the beautiful nature of the island. It can also considered a practice of karma yoga for the yoga enthusiasts who visit the island and want to get involved in the wellbeing of the nature in the island.
Learn more about Amorgos island here.