Spili, its fountain and its mansion

Mountain villages such as Spili, with its beautiful Venetian fountain spouting water from the heads of 19 lions is a fabulous place to escape the summer heat of the coastal plains. There is a building in the upper village of Argyroupolis/Lappa which some claim to have been the legendary venue for the “Kandanoleon wedding murders”, although it is more likely Alkianos in the Chania region. The mansion has a latin inscription on its lintel ‘Omnia Mundi Fumus et Umbra’ (‘All the Things of the World are Smoke and Shadow’), which is reason enough to pay it a visit.

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