High in the Pindos Mountains lies the village of Metsovo – a name possibly derived from a Slav word meaning “bear-place”. Yes, brown bear inhabit the woods in the surrounding mountains – in the past as well as the present.
Many of the old traditional houses, built on narrow cobbled streets, are substantial, almost fortress-like, made of stone and wood. They were built to withstand those long cold mountain winters and protect the inhabitants from predators. The ground floor with its small high windows would have housed animals while the humans lived above.
Naturally, strong doors guard their entrances, large enough for livestock to enter.
Chunky iron studs and rugged door furniture adorn them – suitable for the place of bears.
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