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The historical conditions of the post-war course of the region allowed
for the preservation of the traditional character of many pieces of architecture,
which have recently been declared to be scheduled buildings. The survival of this
type of settlement permits the detection of the function of this very region in
the past and stamps its communication with the wider Balkan region.
We can concisely refer to villages with peculiar house construction,
justified by the characteristic climatic, social and economic conditions (e.g.
Prespa and Korestia), as well as to distinct villages to which their inhabitants
once had migrated (e.g. Nymfeo).
In all cases these houses witness the work of local workmen, who were
famous all over the Balkans. In short, we mention villages of special architecture,
like those in the Prespa region with the villages of Psarades,
Aghios Germanos, Miliona,
etc. being the most characteristic ones.
The Korestia region (Antartiko,
Kottas etc.) makes up a separate
group and so do some villages in the eastern part of Varnous,
west of Florina and such
are Proti, Ethniko,
There are some isolated examples of very particular villages and such
are Pissoderi and mainly
Nymfeo. The latter, has been
preserved in the best possible condition and is rightly considered to be unique
all over Greece, with mansions
decorated with frescoes and fretwork found everywhere.
Peculiarly shaped constructions can be seen in almost all the villages,
some examples being the windmill in Aghios
Panteleimon, the school building in Xino
Nero, the Nikios Scholi (School) in Nymfeo,
the Town Scholi (School) in Lehovo
(text: Andreas Andreou)
This text (extract) is cited October 2003 from the Prefecture
of Florina - Florina
Prefecture Tourism Committee tourist pamphlet.
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