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According to tradition, the Vlach village of Nymfaio (Neveska), which
was one of the headquarters in the Macedonian
Struggle, was founded in the 14th century. Its merchants and silversmiths
had brought considerable wealth to the village as early as the 17th century. The
famous travelling jewelers ('chrysikoi') from Neveska plied their wares all over
From the 19th century the wealthy residents of Nymfaio were involved
cotton from Egypt and tobacco from eastern
Macedonia and Thrace. These prosperous emigrants (e.g. Tsirlis, Sossidis)
financed public buildings in their birthplace (churches, schools).
They built their grand mansions around the end of the 19th and in
early 20th century according to the neoclassical style in fashion (a porch in
front of the house crowned with a pediment and closed with a glass-in entrance).
Painters from Kleisoura and Drosopigi embellished the interiors. Ancient
gods and goddesses (Athena, Ares, Demeter), Alexander the Great, philosophers,
and landscapes reminiscent of the owners' places of work (e.g. the Pyramids of
Egypt), allegorical representations of the four seasons, copies of Renaissance
works (e.g. the Dance of the Muses by Giulio Romano) formed the impressive interior
decoration together with lavishly ornamented frames and ceilings.
By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains images.
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