Kala Pigadia Wells

The neighborhood of Kala Pigadia (Good Wells) takes its name from the freshwater wells at its back. These are only functioning public wells left on Hydra. (You’ll see numerous capped, dry wells around the various villages.) Residents who live close-by still visit the wells daily to fill up bottles of fresh drinking water.  

History

“Hydra, like a number of other Aegean settlements, has always suffered from a limited supply of water. Elaborate rainwater collection and storage systems were traditional devices for meeting the problem…. The Twin Wells produce water and act as a gathering place for people trading stories and news. It was to serve this dual purpose that architectural space enclosing the wells was created.

“The main area of activity is defined by an elevated platform where all the element related to this activity are organized: the openings of the wells, the trees which provide shade, and the continuous seating facilities along the base of the retaining wall. The limits of the platform are clearly defined: a series of monumental steps on its open side, retaining walls in the foreground, and continuous house facades in the background on the other three sides. A break in the facade occurs at the northwest corner of the platform in order to establish a path connection in the direction of Kiafa.”

Source: Constantine L. Michaelides, Hydra: A Greek Island: Its Growth and Form (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), 76-77.

 

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