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The traditional architecture of Samos combines various styles which can be attributed to the different origin of its population. Its architecture is similar to the one in the other north-eastern Aegean islands. It is a blend of styles, including neoclassical mansions and Venetian buildings, whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches. Picturesque narrow alleys winding their way among buildings of different styles add to the beauty of Samian towns and villages.
In Vathi, the capital town of the island, Venetian buildings stand next to neoclassical mansions. All buildings have tile-covered roofs; some of them are painted in bright colours.
The pretty seaside town of Pythagorio, located in the southern part of the island, has whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors. The narrow alleys and stairways of the town are also painted in blue and white, while the outside walls of some of the houses are decorated with paintings. Ancient temples and marvellous Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, adorned with magnificent frescoes, give the final touch to the Samian architecture.