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    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

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    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

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Kastoria

Mansions

In Apozari and Doltso, the districts where the glorious past of the city is still present, stand the majestic mansions of Kastoria. They were built in the 17th and 18th century and they are the indisputable witnesses of the economic and artistic prosperity of that time, when the furriers expanded their activities outside the borders of the country.

In these houses, one can feel the balanced relation with environment, the sense of moderation and the harmonization with the human scale. These typical examples of traditional architecture are three-storeyed or four-storeyed, depending on the inclination of the ground. They have gardens and patios, high fences, closed balconies and windows with banisters.

 

The ground floor is made of stones with minor openings, while the second floor is made of lighter materials and it is lightened by a double raw of windows. The ground floor and the basement include the work places, food storing spaces while on the mezzanine, we see the household objects.

The first floor usually hosted a fur workshop. The main room had three beds. It was a single hall with beds arranged to shape a Π. This room, with small changes, was used for multiple purposes. The interior of the houses was decorated with paintings on the walls, as well as woodcuts on the roofs, the lockers, the fireplaces and the banisters.

The mansions that were by the lake, reached the lake with their courtyards, called avgates. The house owners had their boats in the courtyards, since boats were necessary for transportation. These extraordinary architectural works were made by the hands of “maïstores” (masters) from Macedonia and Epirus, traveling in the Balkans and Minor Asia.

 

The mansions of Kastoria belong in three architectural types. The first one - some typical examples of which are the Mansions of Tsiatsapa, Sapountzi, Basara and of Emannouel brothers - is the most ancient one and presents a rectangular plan with only one axis.

The second type is represented by the mansions of Skoutaris and Nerantzis Ayvazis and it is square with Π-shaped niche on one side. The third and latest type has a symmetrical cross-shaped plan on the floors and it is represented by the mansions of Papaterpos, Tzotzas and Vergouleika.

 

The Natzis Mansion, built in the 18th century, is well known for its unique plan, its rich interior decoration, the wall paintings depicting Constantinople and the dormer windows with the colourful cut glass.

Opposite to that, we see the Basara Mansion, built in the 18th century by kyr-Michalis, a merchant from Constantinople, and it has a wooden open balcony.

The mansion of Emanouel brothers, two educated brothers from Kastoria, well known for their activities as members of the Hellenic community in Venice, was built in 1750 and one can still see its open balcony. At a small distance, we meet the Mansion of Nerantzis Ayvazis that nowadays hosts the Folklore Museum of the city.