This is from the Vathia village in Lakonic Mani. These are nowadays hotels that are managed by the Greek Tourist Organization. You will not believe how much stone exists in that whole place! Amazing indeed!!!!
The Towers of Mani are military hallmarks of a glorious era. These fortifications are an expression of the fighting spirit of the region and are to be found allover Mani.
The first fortification towers in the architectural history of Mani appear in the second half of the 13th century. When the Byzantines took Mystras and Nikli of Arcadia, many Frank officials settled in the regions of Koitas and Nomia and built their fortifications. Tower forts were also built by the Maniates soldiers returning from the West, where they had taken part in the wars of the Venetians. The towers are definitely established as a local means of defense in the region in the era of Ottoman occupation, when they take their final form, radically changing the architectural scene of Mani and setting it apart from the rest of Greece.
The main reason for the imperative need of fortifying the Mani home with a tower was the centralization and at the same time the segregation of Mani society into clans or families, and the need of the clan chief to obtain and safeguard a means of livelihood for his famIly. The building of the family tower was the great dream and final goal of the men of Mani, and the common obligation of all the male members of the clan.
The tower was the center of life in the world of Mani, and enclosed in its walled-in courtyard a small society with a strictly patriarchal hierarchy. The tower was the bastion of freedom but also the fort of the warring parties in the terrible Mani feuds. Everyone was assured of a safe refuge in the tower in times of trouble, and from the tower the fighters of the family successfully defended themselves in times of vendetta.
In hard times of external enemy attacks the tower was their impregnable castle, and in peaceful times it was the guaranty for a quiet life. In the terrible, bloody and vengeful wars between the clans, they were the protagonists of those merciless clashes. But when the Bavarians of King Otto tried to tear them down by taking an army of thousands into Mani, the people of Mani united and forced them to retreat shamefaced from their land.
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dta (79130) 2008-07-16 5:45
Hello Stella ,
This architecture is really very interesting . What beautifull old stones ! Very good POV to admire al the details .
holmertz (54363) 2008-07-16 7:56
An interesting picture with a good texture of the irregular stone walls. Looks like a fascinating place, and the rugged terrain creates a fine foreground.
nikosrio (1158) 2008-07-16 8:05
Γειά σου Στέλλα,
υπέροχη εικόνα απο το σκληρό τοπίο της Βάθειας.Πολύ ωραία χρώματα και φώς που το αναδεικνύουν,
TopGeo (38216) 2008-07-16 9:35
Γειά σου Στέλλα! Impresses me [Mani] and this your the picture much more. You have included a very representative point with very good frame and technique. I praise
azaf1 (15929) 2008-07-16 13:21
Exairetiki skini apo tis apithanes lithodomes stin Mani. Poli kalo POV kai kales leptomereies
ifanik (21679) 2008-07-16 20:58
Esy phges se ayta ta yperoxa xwria.
Egw den prolaba gia allh mia fora
Poly omorfh foto
PeTRo_S (216) 2008-07-18 14:07
Kalispera Stella poli wraia i fotografia sou apo ta Batheia pou nomizw einai to pio paradosiako meros tis manis kata tin gnomi mou.to gkrizo tis petras me ta xrwmata twn louloudiwn denoun iperoxa oi de pirgoi ediposiakoi
steliosk (4802) 2008-07-19 3:43
Apo tous agaphmenous mou proorismous sth Lakwnikh manh, Stela elpizw na th perpathses kai mesa ka8ws aksizei!
Well done my friend
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-07-22 15:03
Nice picture with the town centered in the middle of the picture. Simple, but effective.
kipli (1009) 2008-07-25 2:58
Bella composizione per questo posto davvero speciale.
Ottima la luce e i colori.
coco (30439) 2008-08-08 14:26
I had these photos opened since a few days ago and they will be my last critiques before leave Barcelona for a few days because tomorrow I will go to Cocoland.
Usually I prefer wider views, but this time I think this is the right choice because you enhance the building in a nice way.
CatherineD (4864) 2008-11-08 12:23
Geia sou Stella,
Not to late to discover your nice photo of this amazing village. Stone towers seems to be very impressive and the history of the place too. I have the plan to visit this area on the end of this month (I will go to Greece a few days...). I hope the weather will allows me to realise it. Filika,
boa (7411) 2009-04-25 2:19
really an impressive place with fantastic architecture. Your Pov is very well choosen with a good overview of this place.
Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Stella Leivadi (stelli) (2993)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/750 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My favorite Hellas, Most Rated #2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-16 2:37