LEMNOS (LIMNOS) (Island) NORTH AEGEAN
The brilliant stone built wells of Poliohny's, they testify the ancient deposits of art of lapidaries in Limnos.
In the newer years, the impressive blossoming of the stone structure, serves the needs of decoration of the houses of the rich and the public buildings and especially the schools of the 19th century but also monuments, of the heroes and the churches. Almost in each settlement, the visitor will meet samples of work of local anonymous craftsmen in the transoms and in the balconies of houses, in the facade of the school buildings, in the stone belfries but also in the monuments usually in the squares of villages or in the two allied cemeteries (Moudrou and Portianou). Impressively are also, the scattered, mainly in the abandoned houses and in the "stone yards" handy stone implements or objects as, hand mills for the grinding of the cereals, stone water tanks for the watering of the animals as well as the innumerable wells in the countryside and the springs almost in each settlement.
The springs also constitute, an important element of the local culture and their usual monumental character, symbolizes the exceptional importance of the running water in an arid place.
Traditionally limnian wine-pressers (stone pots sculpted in soft rock) in big clumps, we meet mainly in the villages Repanidi, Romanos, Varos and Rousopoulj. They were usually bevelled in Community spaces (specifically in Varos there are many private ones) near the villages and it appears that their use was common to all residents. Their capacity is between 1,5 and 2 tones and was used mainly for the stepping of the grapes but also for the keeping of cereals in times of piracy.
This text is cited March 2004 from the Municipality of Moudros URL below, which contains images.
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