The name of the Lord (a place) is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe.Proverbs 18: 10
These homes with towers represent a hard life in a wild place. They were built in the 18th and 19th century to protect from pirates and invaders. The towers were the seat of the fathers who had power and as a result destructive rivalries grew between them. The less powerful were sometimes made to lower their towers while others were not allowed to build towers at all.
They have a particular architectural form:
Built of stone, 20m or 4 to 5 floors high, small window openings, very low doors, walls at their base more than 1m thick.
Sadly, after World War II people left to live in big urban centers . The 800 towers of Mani were deserted, many collapsed but some have now been restored and become hotels or homes.
A small sample of the roads we travel.
Here is something from Michael Josephson ( he was a former law professor and attorney who founded the non profit Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute for ethics. Press on his name if you want to hear him being interviewed. I think he says some interesting things.)
Character is both formed and revealed by how one deals with everyday situations as well as extraordinary pressures and temptations. Like a well made tower, character is built stone by stone, decision by decision.Michael Josephson
4 thoughts on “The tower houses of Mani”
The history of the towers and the scenery is breathtaking indeed. That road would make me nervous though. Thank you for sharing, Sandy!
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A pleasure. I am always nervous on roads like that!!!
Link worth listening to – success vs significance; gratitude vs entitlement. Pity there’s no reference to the only real lasting Motivator.
Yes, our Creator who thought us worth of redeeming through Jesus. Glad you found it interesting and those four words summarise it well.