Drakospita in Evia
Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
9Trip End Sep 24, 2011
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.
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