Skouze’s house at Pikermi before the 1999 earthquake.

Skouze's house at Pikermi before the 1999 earthquake.

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vg 060 bw 21 st 1998  Eleni inside the house of Skouze

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Beautiful buildings like this are left to rot and collapse due to the hostile laws of the Greek state that make renovation and keeping of old houses very costly and impossible to keep. This beautiful building finally collapsed during the 1999 earthquake and what was left was torn down in order to build new modern houses.

11 thoughts on “Skouze’s house at Pikermi before the 1999 earthquake.

    • For me it has always been aesthetics over history or history over aesthetics, although most of the times they were hand in hand so not really a need for a decision. But as I grew older, I found myself in a country with a deep history and a history in aesthetics as well, but somehow recently people have lost the ability of appreciating both their history and the aesthetics. And it is not just Greece, it is a global phenomenon. It is probably due to the fact that economy has taken over our lives and history and aesthetics of economy are only numbers. But if each person in this world is or feels being without roots (and history and aesthetics are such roots) then it is inevitable to fall easy prey of the economy maze seduction and eventually destroy everything beautiful. You have to be able to love your own home, in order to understand the love your neighbor feels for his home.

      • There is so much in our history. Our belonging and why we have become what we are. I can understand why one prioritise other things than history when the economic times are bad. But I think that we will regret it deaply one day.

        • You are so right! We already grieve for the past and the lost future, like it is past already. This is the deepest meaning of slavery. Putting the human life in the center as the only true value, will help with the aesthetics and history. It will certainly give a different meaning to our actions therefore change our lives.

    • There are legends in the area of the house (Pikermi) about a cemetery near by and the German army executing Greeks during WWII. It was more or less considered haunted, but believe me, either ghosts have gone away long ago, or we were more evil and kept themselves scarce while we were visiting! 😉

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