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Traditional residence at Metaxades with its characteristic timbering and the stone work with limestone.
(Photo: V. Voutsas (THRACE, Greek Traditional Architecture, v.8: Macedonia Thrace. Melisa, Athens 1991. p.70 picture 115))
The chagiati of a cocoon house at Metaxades
(Photo: V. Voutsas (THRACE, Greek Traditional Architecture, v.8: Macedonia Thrace. Melisa, Athens 1991. p.70 picture 116))

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25-10-2006
Metaxades

Chrisa Melkidi
Source: C.E.T.I.
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Metaxades is a settlement where the popular form of the most characteristic industrial buildings of Thrace was created. These buildings are the koukoulospita (cocoon houses) made for housing families and hosting sericulture as a homemade activity. These residencies did not have any particularities but inside them housing was restricted and the traditional chagiati (roofed balcony) was a big hall with wooden piers. The traditional architecture of Metaxades is based on a particular way of building with carefully made wooden frameworks filled with big well assorted pieces of soft limestone -a characteristic that was preserved until the third decade of the 20th century-, with morphological unity and solid limestone constructions added to the traditional ones of the beginnings of the 20th century.


Source: G. Kizis, THRACE, Traditional Greek Architecture, v.8: Macedonia B Thrace. Melisa, Athens 1991.