Agia Kyiraki, perhaps, is one of the most picturesque seaside villages of Pelion, and doesn’t really bear much resemblance to the rest of the region as it is more like being on an island.
The houses in the main village are white with red tiled roofs and are built amphitheatrically around the little harbor with the famous shipyard. It is far more reminiscent of the Sporades islands than of Magnesia, and the port of the village Trikeri. panorama-icon

On the 7th July Agia Kyriaki celebrates its feast day with a festival, also, in June the Trikeriotis’ organize a fish evening at the harbor of Agias Kyriaki and the celebration lasts for three days with feasting and dancing.

Agia Kyriaki is rightly characterized as the ‘island of the land’, due to its arid ground, geographical position and profession of the occupants (sailors, sponger divers and sponge fishers, fisherman, boat builders and all kinds of vessels). The other important factor that comes from the navel background is that the seafarers brought back to the area the ideas of enlightenment and liberalism from the west.

Here the traversed ship owners built their towers, bulky and strong as castles, in locations of the village that were high and wide open so they could gaze at the sea.
These houses were built in the style of the North Hellenic mansions, built by groups of craftsmen from Epirus who roamed many of the Pelion villages at the time of the 18th Century.
They are all three storied and the first two stories were built with finely chiseled stones and thick walls, which were reinforced time to time with built in wooden beams of horizontal beams made from wild chestnut trees.
One of these, with amazing architecture, is the tower-house Fortouna, built around 1770 by the original owner, Georgios Koumbourellos. This imposing three-story building has been designated a listed monument with external corbels, stone reliefs and a sundial. From the stone paved courtyard you can see straight through to the Pagasitic Gulf via the entrance, which in its’ build is in sharp contradiction with the sheer bulk of the rest of the building.
Inside the depths of the Tower you come to a small, thick but very short and narrow wooden door that is secured by wooden mechanism known as a ‘cat walk’ on the upper part of the lock, and the wooden hatches of which there are two, that when put in place make the door part of the wall. The idea was that when the owner came out of the house the door would be secure
and on their return the mechanism would re-open the door by pulling the rope located on the outside of the wall.
The Tower features wooden carved ceilings, abundant light from the skylights, stately furnishings and an abundance of heirlooms among which are the original manuscripts of the Revolution of 1821.
Climbing up to the second floor by the old wooden staircase, the space, decorated in the owner’s taste, has been converted into a folklore museum that depicts the ever-day life of the past. Artifacts are hung on walls and in display units filling the museum. You will find pistols, rugs, sailing instruments, sponge diving equipment and the traditional costumes of Trikeriotissa. You will also have the opportunity to see the finds and gifts brought back by various sea Captains from their travels.

Another attraction of the area is what is known as the ‘Louki’. Under the building is the reservoir which fills with the water from the spring and is used to wash the heavy clothes and fabrics of the Trikeriotissa people.


 

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