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Mansion of Georgios Schwartz

Last Update: Dec 2010
Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage AMBELAKIA , LARISSA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 24950 93302
Opening hours:
01Nov - 31Mar Mon-Sun, 0730-1400
Built: 1778, Renovated: 1787

Mansion of Georgios Schwartz - Overview

   The Mansion of G. Schwarts is one of the most important mansions in Greece. The mansion, erected in 1787, constists of three floors, where we can find the reception hall, the bedrooms and other subsidiary rooms. It is richly decorated with wall paintings and wood carved ornaments.
   The mansion (archontiko) began to be built in 1778 as the residense of the President of the Ambelakia Cooperative, Georgios Mavros Schwartz. It was also the haedquarters of the Cooperative for the more than forty years of its existence (1778-1820). In 1965 it was purchased by the Greek State and since then has been a monument open to the public.
   The mansion is a characteristic example of the 18th century traditional architecture. It was an L-Shaped plan and consists of a ground floor and two upper storeys, the upper one of which has projecting balconies (sachnisia). The most interesting feature of the interior are the wall-paintings that adorn the wooden panelling in all the rooms.
   This decoration, which was executed by a painter known only by the initials L.L., was completed in 1798. It consists of both small and large compositions, with geometric and floral patterns, and also landscapes, which have an impressive wealth of subjects and testify to the skill and quality of their painting.
   The exterior has been almost complety restored.
   Nowadays it is used as a museum.

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