Photographer's Note

This is a typical sample of Pelian architecture, based on the use of stone, not only on the walls but also on the roofs. While in most of the mountainous villages of central and southern Greece, you can see red tile roofs, in the villages of Pelion you see almost everywhere these slates that you see in the photo.

This kind of architecture is more common in northern Greece, especially in the regions of Epirus and Macedonia, so it's kind of strange to see them central regions, such as Pelion. They say that this happened because during the Ottoman years, came to Zagora fugitives from Epirus and especially a village called Zoupani (today it is called "Pentalofos")who brought with them to Zagora the architectonic style of their village. Later this style was spread from Zagora, throughout mountain Pelion.

People from Epirus were famous stonemasons and builders in general and were specialized not only in houses, but also in stone bridges (you can see some of them HERE). For many centuries, they were travelling in caravans, all around Greece, the Balkans, Europe, Minor Asia and northern Africa, constructing beautiful stone bridges. Their wives and children often, had to wait for 3-5 years to see them, when their caravan returned.

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