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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bema (26425) 2010-03-09 2:09
thanks for showing us the next postcard from this very lovely island inmidst the cyclades.. as always a fascinating capture at all..
will the upper part also be restored??
have a nice day, filika Bernd
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-03-09 2:27
davvero splendida l'architettura di questa costruzione alla quale hai aggiunto i colori ed il feeling tipici della tua meravigliosa Grecia. Perfetta la qualità.
jhm (157802) 2010-03-09 2:29
Perhaps a specially build style, but very nice.
I see the front in big nature stone, lovely door and windows.
Indeed I have the same question or the previous writer, will the upper part also be restored.
Sharpness and clarity are superb out a low angle
Composition and presentation are excellent. TFS.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-03-09 2:40
Nice little house, an image full of sun but well preserving its contrasts
have a nice day jY
asajernigan (21427) 2010-03-09 2:40
Nicely composed shot of this stone building. The angle of the shot is nice giving the shot depth. The lighting is fine with the shadowed entrance and brightly lit facade. The deep blue sky provides nice contrast for the stone structure.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-03-09 3:00
a beautiful cosy atmosphere with splendid colours and lights, the composition of the photo is attractive, excellent realization, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes Napot!
sandpiper (6788) 2010-03-09 3:09
A building full of character and marvelous architecture. The light is fantastic and excellent sharpness. The contrats against the blue sky is stunning.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-03-09 3:10
Good framing and POV.
Excellent and contrasting colors.
Interesting note on the architecture in Naxos.
npecanhuk (76857) 2010-03-09 3:19
Pretty interesting and beautiful house!
Your picture's also very attractive with excellent sharpness, exposure, pov, vertical format, colors and composition!
TFS - congratulations!
mkamionka (39489) 2010-03-09 4:32
very charming house, I really like it. The photo is so full of sun and colors, it creates a fantastic summer atmosphere.
I like it very much, TFS
francio64 (39888) 2010-03-09 4:50
molto graziosa questa piccola casa indipendente.
Bello ed elegante l'ingresso.
La luce è ben gestita e il contrasto con il cielo è eccellente.
Cretense (68703) 2010-03-09 4:57
Γεια σου Βασίλη!
Πολύ όμορφο κτήριο, πολύ καλή λήψη! Απλή, αλλά ενδεδειγμένη σύνθεση, πολύ καλό, "σφιχτό" καδρο! Αψογος φωτισμός, υπέροχα χρώματα και "υφή"!
Kielia (24077) 2010-03-09 4:59
you are adding a very beautiful impression of this interesting house to the TE gallery. Very well chosen POV and excellent management of the light. The colors of the South are fantastic in this bright light. Very charming atmosphere and interesting details. My compliments, also for the interesting note!
belido (19934) 2010-03-09 11:43
lovely frontal catch. Perfectly framed and with such nice color/light control. It's indeed a beautiful façade and it deserved the photo you present to us. Great job!
xavshot (69835) 2010-03-09 12:38
ça fait du bien ce soleil et cette lumière. J'aime bien l'atmosphère estivale de l'image. Très beau rendu des détails;
ophelcia (0) 2010-03-09 12:51
I haven't been here for a long time and now I regret - i would have experienced your hot summer climate at least in your shots:)
Marvellous note and the colour of the sky:)
mauro61 (52857) 2010-03-09 13:14
uno splendore questo scatto con un bel cielo azzurro di sfondo.
Mi piace il contrasto tra i due piani della casa e la perfetta gestione della luce sulla parete,
danos (101730) 2010-03-10 0:32
ωραία η παρουσίαση αυτού του αρχοντόσπιτου για τα δεδομενα της Νάξου με το ισόγειο ο ιδιοκτήτης του να το έχει κάνει κούκλα και τον επάνω όροφο να τον έχει αφήσει στην τύχη του. Πολύ λεπτομερές και το σημείωμά σου με την δομή των σπιτιών του Αιγαίου.
coco (30439) 2010-03-10 1:12
Nice place and subject and as usual good work with the colours and exposure.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-03-10 3:23
Excellent vertical framing well selcetd for the presentation of this beautiful house.Very nice play of sahde well colected. The elemnts of the architectur arise very well under this superb blue sky.
Have a nice day,
negative (420) 2010-03-10 7:26
mia polu omorfi sunthesi me polu dunata xrwmata kai me polu kales leptomereies
COSTANTINO (68146) 2010-03-13 11:53
Gia soy Vassili
Mas xemializis me tis fotografies sou aftes
nostalgo to kalokeri,ta hromata ta egiopelagitika
to lefko ton spition ke to mpel tou ouranou
ante mipos meta to Pasha prepi na taxidepso gia
Samo.bravo gia tin arissti lipssi ke tin thessi
clio (27961) 2010-03-17 10:49
Geia sou Vasili,
Beautiful Halki old house. The graphics of stones of the street and those of the wall is interesting. We would like to see still the railings of the balcony.
Your note is very interesting also.
Have a nice evening
darek1978 (13361) 2010-03-17 13:56
You are showing here a very attractive shot of a picturesque place. It is a fine photo in many senses. You have selected a perfect POV for this composition, which in vertical format includes many interesting details from bottom to the top. An amazing light and beautiful colours. Well done!
Yves-triga (5149) 2010-03-20 2:16
very nice architectural view,i like this very sweet colors with this very nice sky.
dkmurphys (62761) 2010-05-11 13:17
This is an house fit to my taste. Old and simple, beautiful and alive. Great image.
- Copyright: Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) (41661)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S VR 18-105mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED, Hoya 62mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Naxos island - Cyclades, Greece
- Theme(s): Naxos Island (2)- Greece [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-09 1:59