The Pelion Architecture

The traditional architectural style of Pelion is a hallmark of the region and can be read  today both in the majestic mansions and in the public constructions of the past (bridges, fountains, churches). Local architecture has flourished from the 18th until the late 19th century and these unique monuments have managed to maintain through time.

This traditional architectural style borrows elements from both northern Greece and from Egypt, famous for the characteristic neoclassical buildings. These architectural influences have been the result of the influx of different populations in the region of Pelion during the Ottoman occupation. In particular, builders from Epirus, who were very skilled in the use of the stone at the time,  are those who created the mansions of the northern Greece style and the impressive stone bridges. Architectural influences from the South have resulted mainly in structural changes which gave greater coolness within the building during the summer months.

Considering the design of the traditional mansions, they are three-storey structures made of stone. On the top floor, wooden brackets are designed in order to support the balconies. Over the years the traditional architectural style evolved gradually, with frequent changes both in the structure and in the decoration of the premises. The amount of the building materials (stone, wood) came exclusively from the region's resources.

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