Drakospita in Evia

Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
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Trip End Sep 24, 2011


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

"DRAKOSPITO" -

On our way to Marmari we make a stop when I notice a sign leading to a renowned Dragon House (Drakospito). There are one or two more in the round area and happily I notice that it is well preserved.

I remember 10 years back probably more, a group of friends arranged a short trip not very far from here, where there are a number of these very peculiar stone buildings. We had been walking for more than an hour a steep hill to reach that place. We found several of these but this one here is just as good and this makes me very happy because I can take several photos.



Of course they have nothing to do with dragon houses as the word says, and I truly cannot understand why they carry this name.

I just know that the people who used to live in these houses used to be loggers working in quarries digging out the Karystian stone.



There is an Acropolis on the highest peak of Mount Ochi which is in this area and as poets write in books, the love of the god Zeus and Hera still hangs in the air!!!

Three similar are located near Styra (a nearby coastal town). They are easily accessible and are alongside the road that goes from Marmari to Styra. There is also another one on the mainland on the west slopes of Hymettos, which is the simplest and crudest of them all.



The houses are really peculiar and they were explained by myths of the modern Greeks as “dragon houses” thinking that they belonged and had been constructed by some kind of giants or other supernatural creatures with enormous strength that was required to move the large and heavy stones for their construction. At first it was believed that they were dated back to the Neolithic period (7000 B.C) but recent study indicated that they may date to the Late Hellenistic or Greco-Roman period, about 146 B.C.



A paper published by Jean Carpenter and Dan Boyd (1977) American Journal of Archaeology) suggest that these houses were constructed by the Karians as place of worship.



Find more from the link below:

http://www.southevia.gr/en/207.html
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geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

The houses are so well preserved and in good repair .
There is a neolithic stone circle very near to my house that dates back three thousand years or so .
I live in the ancient celtic kingdom of " Elmete " which is a part of the Brigantes tribe`s land . Even though thousands of years have passed by I still regard myself as Celtic first , and Anglo-saxon second .
Your land is filled with such ancient wonders and your country`s marvellous history can still be found and visited by anyone .

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

I truly want to see those signs and circles in the U.K. I have read and seen photos (if we are talking about the same things) that they can be seen from a plane?
Yes Greece is reall a very interesting country to visi despite the economic crisis.....there are hidden gems and much culture out here no matter what!!!!

geoffleeds
geoffleeds on

I do hope that your country finds itself on the road to financial recovery in the very near future . It would be a terrible fate to see your ancient land sold off to the hightest bidder like some failed business . I was all for European intergration of people and lands in the beginnings of the EEC: now I begin to have doubts about whether it is good for anyone but the multinational corporations . I am so glad our country desided to keep the pound sterling as our currency . All the best to you , Popi .

rossport
rossport on

it is so good to see such history Popi and i am envious of your country in fact the whole of Europe for the history that expounds, where as my country we have very few original artefacts that can be tied into the people as the Aboriginals never built houses as such, we have cave art and mindens but no structural information.

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