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Strange Things, Crete Island: 4 reviews and 5 photos

  Iron bars on the top of a building
by Balam

The story goes that the iron bars sticking out from the roof of many Greek houses are exemptions from taxpaying, as long as the house isn't yet finished but in fact they are exclusively there for the purpose of a later extension of the house. They have NOTHING to do with exemptions from taxpaying . (It's a good story though)!

Unfinished buildings is a common sight in Greece. The reason is that greek people build what they need today and leave the rest of the building unfinished for the future. It may seem that the Greeks are constantly building houses - and they are. Most Greek parents build a house for each daughter, but not for their sons (as they are supposed to marry a girl who will get a house from her parents). Often it is also the daughter that inherits her parents' or grandparents' house when they die.

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  • Written Aug 19, 2008
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