EL
Greek Travel Pages

Location information

Listed 6 sub titles with search on: Sights for destination: "ERATIRA Small town KOZANI".


Sights (6)

Houses

Houses of Eratyra

  The urban houses of Eratyra were built by families whose income originated from trade and emigration. The oldest of these mansions date to the 18th century and resemble their contemporaries, the mansions of Siatista. They have two storeys and are L-shaped in plan.
  On the ground floor, around the flagstone courtyard, are the 'strotos' (family sitting room) and a second room for auxiliary functions, while at the rear of the house is the 'katoi' (a semi-basement with a few openings), where foods were stored. The kitchen, oven and lavatory are in the so-called 'magereio' (cooking shed), a small building in the courtyard near the house.
  The wooden staircase in the courtyard leads to the upper floor ('anoi'), where on the two long sides of the open 'liakoto' (sun room) four rooms were arranged, of which the 'bas-ondas' was the main reception room. In the older houses, the roofed balconies, supported on buttresses, project symmetrically from the two ends of the main facade and the central portion of the rear.
  In the later houses, the balcony, now projecting from the middle of the front of the upper storey, is supported by wooden columns, creating a semi-open area in front of the entrance, the 'hayiati'.
  Unworked limestone blocks quarried locally and bonded with mud were used as construction materials for the ground floor, while for the upper floors lighter materials were preferred (such as 'tsatmas', half timbering and plaster with infill).

By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.


The Lazaridis mansion

  The Lazaridis mansion lies on the north side of town. It contains the oldest surviving wall-paintings in Eratyra, dating to 1796 as the inscription tells us. Using sparse color and line, the artist has rendered the two-headed eagle of Byzantium and the sliced watermelon (which at one time symbolized the beheading of Saint John the Baptist), a subject encountered in churches as well as houses in western Macedonia and Mount Pelio. From the 18th century, however, its symbolic significance was forgotten, as indicated by the presence of the fork sticking into the fruit.

By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.


The Papatheodorou mansion

  The Papatheodorou mansion is situated near the old town square. It is a large building with a rectangular layout. Its wall-paintings, dating to the last quarter of the 19th century, appear in one room on the ground floor (now varnished), but mainly in the rooms upstairs.
  Two of the upper rooms are decorated with plant and other motifs as well as buildings enclosed within medallions, reminiscent of the ornamentation on some porcelain plates. In the main room, a frieze embellishing the entire length of the upper part of the wall depicts an imaginary landscape with curious large buildings intermingled with the figures of animals and humans.

By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.


The Milios mansion

  A typical example of the mansions of Eratyra is that of Milios on the north side of town. Its wall-paintings, which date from the mid-19th century, are concentrated in one room on the upper floor and extend like a frieze below the ceiling.
  They portray animal and human figures as well as buildings in a landscape. The military costumes worn by the people and the apparent sequence of the paintings indicate that the scenes may tell a story, possibly one connected with the events of the period.

By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.


The Delivasis mansion

  The Delivasis mansion is located near that of Lazaridis. It has all the characteristics of the later type of house with the 'hayiati' (covered porch) at the front. Its wall-paintings date from 1878. The murals in the adjoining wing, which was used for guests, are of greater interest. They depict the portraits of the owner's four daughters within ornamental baroque frames.
  These figures with their European dress and coiffures each hold a representative object: fan, letter, bouquet, caged canary. These scenes, although the work of a folk artist, are governed by the principles of European painting.

By kind permission of:Ekdotike Athenon
This text is cited Nov 2003 from the Macedonian Heritage URL below, which contains image.


You are able to search for more information in greater and/or surrounding areas by choosing one of the titles below and clicking on "more".

Ferry Departures
From

Copyright 1999-2019 International Publications Ltd.