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Koumos near Kalives Crete

Walk west out of Kalives and take the first left thought the tunnel under the coastal highway. Left again up the hill takes you to a bizarre collection of buildings that have been fashioned and faced with small stones and pebbles. The Koumos or Stone House. not only has walls, floors and roofs decorated in stone but is also full of remarkable sculptures. It is the lifetime's work of one man.

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Koumos - a bizarre collection of stone

This has been the work of Khavaledakis Giorgos since 1990 when his wife Evaggelia suggested he build might like to build a stone table in the garden.

Stones and rocks were carried down from the nearby White Mountains to build all manner of mosaic-covered buildings and objects including a shepherd's roundhouse, a small museum, church, throne, olive oil press, treadmill, flour mill, a mock cave and even toilets.

An upturned tree is suspended in mid-air and a rock made into the shape of a soldier, complete with tin hat, gun and shell cases,,are just some of the weird offerings on view at the site.

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Taverna with outdoor stone tables

There is a stone constructed taverna, coffee room, outdoor tables and benches. Dozens of small stone sculptures - which include a man generously peeing into a pond - can be found as visitors wander around the many paths. Entrance is free but you ar expected to buy something at the taverna while you are there. It is certainly an interesting excursion for anyone staying in West Crete.

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