The tower houses of Mani

The name of the Lord (a place) is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe.

Proverbs 18: 10
Gerolimenas (sacred harbour in Greek) is a village at the southern end of the Mani peninsula, in Laconia Peloponnese.
Until the 1970s it was reached mainly by boat
and in 2011 had a population of 99.
The village has quite a few tower houses.
The tower houses of Mani
are here and there in settlement groups some deserted
others with people living in and around them.

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.

The road along the coast is good .
The scenery breath taking.
You may hold your breath at times looking down into the sea.

A small sample of the roads we travel.

Thank you for being interested in this lovely place.

Sandy 🙂

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

  1. So interesting!
    Link worth listening to – success vs significance; gratitude vs entitlement. Pity there’s no reference to the only real lasting Motivator.


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