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Arhondiko: a richman's stately house
The architecture knew a special flourish only since the beginnings of the 18th century, when the prerequisites were there for the existence of such edifices. It is then that commerce developed, the inhabitants made money, became intereted in the cultivation of Letters, returned from the foreign lands full of new images, knowledge and the desire for a better life, had an urban consciousness and wished to live more comfortably in their homes and to display their riches.
The returning people of Siatista had their houses (their arhondika) built the way they wanted to and the way the Macedonian and Epirote builder's guilds knew how to. We can see everywhere an influence of foreign elements. These come from instructions the owner gave, which must have been confined to matters of function and decoration (wall-paintings), or from knowledge and habit of the builders, which relate to construction systems and architectural forms.
The wall-paintings were of themes inspired by the tradesman's life abroad, in Europe; towns and ports in the Adriatic Sea, the Black sea and cities on the River Danube were favourite themes, and so were scenes from Greek Mythology. The themes in general were descriptive and didactic.
We are going to briefly describe how an arhontiko of Siatista functions. The entrance is always in the corner of the L of the ground plan and on the south side of the main facade,which is usually orientated SE or SW. Next to it projects the short leg of the L protecting the house-door like a tower. Through this entrance we come into a central court-yard, level with the ground, slab-paned, called in Greek "mesia" or "embati".In this yard are the accesses (the staircases), always distinct, that lead to the mid-storey and the storey.
The central court-yard communicates with the ground-floor spaces, the magazines, the cellars and the "katoi" (literally lower quarters) were there are the barels of wine, and sometimes the grapetreading space.
Around the mid-storey runs an inner balcony looking onto the inner court-yard. Two chambers communicate through this balcony, which are used in winter. One of these is the main room of the mid-storey, the sun-room, or solar, whose name testifies to its origin from the corresponding space in the ancient Greek house, the solarium.
The other staircase leads to the central, spacious hall of the storey whose Greek name is "anoi" (literally upper quarters).Sometimes this hall forms an oriel (Sahnisi), but always in the north. On the storey, to the right and to the left, there are four rooms, two on each side. Between them there is a corridor ending with a lavatory on its SW extremity, an overhang away from the wall.
At a time when great lack of security reigned over the area and when the frequent robber attacks of the Albanian irregulars disseminated fear, the arhondika of Siatista,which were all built in the 18th century, offered to their inhabitants all the necessary together with all the comfort they could wish for in a life hence dedicated to the enjoyment of wealth that had been earned during interminable years of work abroad, in Austro-Hungaria or in Venice.
PART OF THE BOOK
THE "ARHONDIKA" OF SIATISTA
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COSTANTINO (46512) 2009-02-27 11:50
Geia sou Giorgio,
omorfi foto apo ta grafika Siatista,
me omorfa paradosiaka ktismata kai uperoxes grafikes figures,
aksiologi h periigisi sou kai katatopistiki h anafora sou ,
xairetismous gia kales apokries,
PaulVDV (18754) 2009-02-27 15:22
Very good presentation of this beautiful architecture. Good you included a person.
Clear and excellent sharpness.
The architecture reminds me a little at the houses I have seen in Melnik, South-West-Bulgaria.
Best regards, Paul
Gerrit (43765) 2009-02-27 18:20
Excellent composition, well framed scene with streetlight and tree, The houses - that remind me of Bulgaria - are beautiful,
dip (22232) 2009-02-28 0:36
Geia sou Giorgo,
omorfi fotografia paradosiakis arxitektonikis tis perioxis,
kali idea na sumperilaveis tin ilikiomeni gunaika sto plano pou prosthetei zoi sti sunthesi,
vasilpro (40685) 2009-02-28 1:00
Όπως και στις προηγούμενες φωτογραφίες σου φαίνεται η όμορφη παραδοσιακή αρχιτεκτονική της Β. Ελλάδας με τα λιθόκτιστα σπίτια και σοκάκια. Όμορφη φωτογραφία με τη γιαγιά να προσθέτει και τη ζωή της καθημερινότητας.
Καλό τριήμερο, Βασίλης.
Cretense (68675) 2009-02-28 2:39
Geia sou Georgie!
Mia exairetiki arxitektoniki fotografia, apo ta thavmasia arxontika tis Siatistas, pou syndiazetai me mia yperoxi kathimerini skini, me ti giagiaka na aniforizei sto kalderimi! Apsogo kadro kai synthesi, yperoxos fotismos, poly omorfa xromata! Sygxaritiria!
Budapestman (82620) 2009-02-28 4:39
Great shot with beautiful details and composition.
The lady walking in the forefront adds a lot to the mood. The soft lights and the clarity are splendid, excellent shot. Have a nice weekend!
ciakgiak (30403) 2009-02-28 16:53
great image, wonderful colors, sharpness and excellent POV. I really like this woman that goes up, it's very exiting. Have a nice sunday dear friend.
argycon (2769) 2009-02-28 23:58
Yperoxi syn8esi me thn paradoasiaki architekoniki tou xwriou kai thn giagia na aniforizei to petrostrwto. Eksairetiki gwnia lhpshs kai poly omorfa xrwmata!
ifanik (21673) 2009-03-01 0:37
Ejairetiki photo file moy
Yperoxo topio me omorfa xrwmata kai me thn paroysia ths giagias na thn apogeiwnei
Sygxarthria kai kalh sarakosti
clio (27955) 2009-03-01 3:36
Geia sou Giorgio,
Thank's showing us in so beautiful way this very nice place. It is region which I would like to know. I like very much this architecture. Your centring is excellent with this "Yaya "which goes up this beautiful stoned path .
Kali Kiriaki (kalo i kali?)
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-01 23:27
Fine capture of the house in ruins. I like the POV and how you framed it. Very good colours and nice to see the woman walking
TFS and have a nice week
bostankorkulugu (41676) 2009-03-02 0:14
siatista looks very much like safranbolu i guess... amazing architectural details of the ottoman period... beautiful composition with the old lady... ta leme georgio...
CatherineD (4864) 2009-03-02 9:48
Geia sou Goirgo,
Excellent composition and very good POV. The old woman gives some life to the houses and harmony in the same time. It is a pitty that such historical building are not very well preserved. Thanks for you useful informative note. Xairetw,
elenimavrandoni (11105) 2012-12-06 12:52
Ιστορία και παράδοση γραμμένη στούς τοίχους αυτών τών πανέμορφων σπιτιών, στα σοκάκια και στίς αναμνήσεις τών κατοίκων. Κάθε γωνιά έχει τα μυστικά της!Πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία να θυμίζει όλα όσα δεν θέλουμε να ξεχάσουμε!Καλό σου βράδυ Γεώργιε!
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38126)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Polarizer Hoya 62 mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): mountainous areas, Siatista village [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-27 11:40