The Northern Greek town of Kastoria lies on a promontory jutting into Lake Orestiada surrounded by mountains. In the 16th century it became a wealthy fur producing centre when Kastorian furriers began trading throughout Europe as well as producing furs for officials of the Ottoman Empire. During these early years (16th to 17th centuries), numerous mansions were constructed, including the Nerandzis-Aïvazis house that is still standing in the old neighbourhood of the town. The house is now the local Folklore Museum and has some of the most spectacular painted wooden decorative interiors, virtually untouched since the 18th century. The decorations are built into structural elements – walls, ceilings, doors, cupboards…
The wall frieze around the saloni (main living room) depicts an idealised town with structures (houses and churches) with a painted imitation of a moulded architectural decoration below.
The structure of the wooden ceiling of the same room is made up of many different painted geometric pieces.
A detail of a cupboard in another room delineates its structural elements.
The valance over the door to this room changes the door’s structure.
A detail of a panel in yet another room highlights this cupboard door’s individual parts.
Structure: The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge