|Mykonos blue and white church|
Admittedly there are some villages in the Peloponnese where you’ll find a mix of the two styles, such as in Kyparissi, the village we visited a few weeks ago. (If you missed that post, you can find it here)
|Kyparissi - a mix of two architectural styles|
|Old and new stonework - Trahilia|
Tracing the origins of the use of stone in Greek architecture leads back to Egypt (the place considered ‘home of stone architecture’ by some historical accounts) and dates from 650 BCE onwards as that was the time of renewed contacts and trade links between Greece, the Middle East and Egypt. Greek designers and masons became familiar with Egypt’s buildings and construction techniques, and the rest, as they say, is history.
|Hidden art in the stone|
We had the opportunity two weeks ago to watch stone masons – they are artisans really – at work when they tackled a couple of projects for us at The Stone House on the Hill. It gave us an opportunity to renew our awe of anything constructed of stone. The projects, so small in comparison to constructing homes or buildings, still required so much hard labor that we were in awe of what our two craftsmen accomplished in our gardens in a period of three days.
We needed to raise the wall behind our house where the sloping garden’s dirt was being washed away by the rain and watering.
We wanted, for cosmetic purposes, to resurface our entryway wall and the wall that borders our side yard.
It took a small crane to unload the materials which included concrete and stones:
|The materials are delivered in heavy duty delivery truck|
|The stonework begins|
|Stonework is a precise art of cutting and measurement|
|Measuring, cutting, fitting and filling in - all part of the stonemason's skills|
|Before on left - unfinished surface; finished project on the right|
|Before on left, funished on the right|
“It’s beyond me. Everything seems to have a soul – wood, stones, the wine we drink and the earth we tread on. Everything, boss, yes, everything.”
-- Alexis Zorba, Zorba the Greek
|Stones with soul|
A warm welcome to our new readers! And what a surprise it has been to learn that several of you reading the blog are fellow ex pats living not far from us here in The Mani. Thank you for writing and letting us know. We’ve look forward to meeting you.
And to all of you out there, safe travels and please come back again and join us for more Greek tales next week.
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Through My Lens
Our World Tuesday
Travel Photo Thursday –
Weekend Travel Inspiration