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04/09/2007
General


In the region of Ipirus and more specifically in the prefecture of Ioannina the masons of stone during the previous centuries became very prominent. They built renowned works and were creators of the entire building environment. They built traditional communities, bridges, churches, homes, mosques, mills, fountains etc. The groups of Ipirite masons originated by rule from the areas of Konitsa, the renowned mason-villages, such as....

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04/09/2007
1.The masons of stone and the oldest periods of development of this skill.


The tradition of the skill of stone masonry in the Greek region is many centuries old, spreading its roots past the historical period. It continues to the historical years of Ancient Greece and the Byzantium (as we read in the Provincial book of Leontas the Wise and elsewhere), in order to reach past the Fall of Constantinople and the period of Turkish domination until the more recent years with small or large changes.

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04/09/2007
How a project progressed


The ‘protomastoras’ (first mason) or ‘arximastoras’ (head mason) or ‘architekton’ (architect) or ‘prototeknon’ (first man) (word names such as e.g. Architekton Giosis, 1834-1918) was responsible for finding, agreeing, distributing and monitoring the work. Frequently he was a pelekanos, but basically he “had to be good at managing even if he didn’t touch the stone”.

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04/09/2007
The works they build (churches, bridges, manors etc.).


Throughout the centuries the Ipirite masons have built great works. Manors and simple humble homes, churches large and small with towering steeples, monasteries, schools, mills, olive presses, water presses, inns, fountains and others. Bridges with one arch or many arches, smaller or larger, built primarily in the 18th and 19th century, these works of renowned Ipirite masons are magnificent architectural monuments, examples of a rich traditional heritage in the area of the art of stonework.

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04/09/2007
The tools and materials they used


Every mason brought with him two blankets rolled up, and with a rope he put them diagonally over his shoulder and the pouch, the torvas, which was made of leather or thick white cloth, canvas, that held his tools. The technical means and tools they had available to them were very simple, and this accentuates their skill even more. The tools of the bouloukia of the masons of Konitsa (Christidis) were:....

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04/09/2007
The design


When the owner wanted to build a home, they called, depending on the funds they had available, the most famous masons and mutually arranged the design for the new home. From cases we encounter in documents but also from conversations (Christidis) with masons from Konitsa, we cite what the masons meant when they said “design”:....

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06/02/2008
Under Construction


Under Construction

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