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Venetian and Ottoman Heritage in the Aegean: The Bailo House in Chalcis, Greece

N. D. Kontogiannis, S. S. Skartsis (eds.)
approx. 280 p., 140 b/w ill. + 30 colour ill. + 30 plans, 220 x 280 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-58409-6
Languages: English
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Witness the remarkable history of the East Mediterranean through the evidence of a still standing Venetian palace, built in a Byzantine city, transformed into an Ottoman mansion and a neoclassical house.

This book tells the astonishing story of a secular building and its inhabitants over six centuries and four successive civilizations. The Bailo House was constructed as a public loggia in the 14th century by Venetian officials in their Aegean colony of Negroponte on the Byzantine island of Euripos. Italian designs were followed and copied in the style of the lagoon’s palaces, digging the foundations through the earlier Byzantine layers. It later became seat of an Ottoman official, also housing his apothecary. It subsequently passed into the hands of a local Ottoman dignitary, who completely transformed into a typical Middle Eastern mansion. In the early 19th century it was reshaped once again with a neoclassical façade to conform to the European models promoted by the Modern Greek state.

Extensive study, excavations and restorations over a ten-year period revealed remarkable evidence for one of the few remaining examples of secular architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as abundant and rare information about urban planning, material culture, economic and cultural exchanges, art and aesthetics, etc. It is the tale of a harbor town that was always cosmopolitan, a port of call along the Silk Road, the winter base of the Ottoman fleet, a European enclave in the East.

Nikos Kontogiannis and Stefania Skartsis studied Archaeology at the University of Athens, before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Birmingham. Having worked in various areas of Greece, they fruitfully collaborated in the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities for Euboea and Boeotia. Stefania is currently Head of Department at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture; Nikos is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, at Koc University, Istanbul.

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts

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