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Houses of Naxos

The mansion houses in Chora are perhaps the oldest urban dwellings in all Cyclades and belonged to rich traders. The main feature of the houses is the large rooms, high ceilings, the large thick walls of stone and internal luxurious layout. A hall dominated in the centre of the house and as a result of its location was to be hosted there the life of the family. At the bottom of the house are situated big basements for storage products.
The mansions in the districts outside from the fort were built by wealthy Greeks. Most mansions have a fort character because of the territory and the hazard of the region at the year that was built.

The common houses is the most widespread type of residence. In the simplest form it has a rectangular roofed space as a base unit. This single room has always one simply task: to house people and to guard the goods. Starting from this simple type were added more rooms, as a kitchen, bedrooms and a larder for products storage.
The kitchen had the role of a dining room. The gathering of family and the reception of visitors was always take place in the kitchen.
Almost all the houses in the outside have arches, connecting the main entrance to the courtyard. All courtyards have all kinds of flowers and creeper herbs. Also in the courtyard other was a small stable for the housing of domestic animals and a bakery kiln built by clay.
Even today, most houses follow the architecture of the common house.

Of particular interest are the names of the individual architectural parts of the houses:
Anefanos: the chimney.
Morsa: marble columns and temples which frame the windows and doors.
Volta: arches as stone half circles, supporting the roof of the house and decorate the entrance of the house.
Doma: the terrace.
Pounti: the vast veranda.
Kountoynto: the initial entry of the water to the drain pipe.
Afoukla: a drain pipe without the tube. A track for the water fit up to the wall.
Parastia: the fireplace.

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