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Mansion of Georgios Mavros | The Legacy and Triumph of the Ampelakia Cooperative

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

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George P. Papadellis | SG Head

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The remarkable Georgios Mavros's Mansion in the enchanting village of Ampelakia is a testament to the rich history and architectural grandeur of the 18th century. As perhaps the oldest building in the village, this magnificent mansion has withstood the test of time, preserving its captivating allure. Once the residence of Georgios Mavros (or Georgios Schwartz), the President of the Ambelakia Cooperative (established in 1778) - or else the Common Company and Brotherhood of Ampelakia, this architectural gem also served as the cooperative's headquarters. With its awe-inspiring three floors and extraordinary design, this mansion offers a captivating glimpse into a bygone era.

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Front Mansion of Georgios Schwarz | Photo by: Plakle, To archontiko Schwarz, CC BY-SA 4.0


Mavros Mansion

The building was used to house the Company’s main operations, such as transactions, meetings of its members, custody of funds, for more than 40 years, specifically from 1778 to 1820. The construction started in 1778 and ended up in 1787, with a three-floor building with a reception hall, bedrooms and secondary rooms, decorated with with wall paintings and wood curved parts. The architectural style is 18th century (L shape) with projecting balconies. The decoration was finalized in 1798, consisting of mainly geometric patterns, while also landscapes and flowers. In 1965, the mansion was purchased by the Greek State. Since then, it has been a monument open to the public.


Ground Floor

The ground floor of Georgios Mavros Mansion is a captivating blend of stone and wood craftsmanship. As you step inside, you are greeted by a charming courtyard on your right, leading to the basement where tools and various items were once stored. Opposite the entrance lies a wooden-paved area that served as a gathering place for cooperative meetings and trade negotiations. Adjacent to the stairs leading to the upper floor, a vault stands as a testament to the mansion's rich history, housing the company's funds and essential documents.

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Ampelakia Village | Photo by: FilipposTrains, Overview of Ambelakia, Larissa, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 4.0


Second Floor

Ascending to the second floor, one is transported to the living quarters of the Mavros family during the winter months. Delicately designed to maximize warmth and comfort, this floor features three exquisitely appointed rooms. Notably, a magnificent fireplace takes center stage, radiating both literal and metaphorical warmth throughout the space. The second floor offers a glimpse into the private lives of the mansion's inhabitants, allowing visitors to imagine the tales that unfolded within its walls.


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Third Floor

The pinnacle of Georgios Mavros Mansion is the third floor, a haven of summer delights. Abundant windows bathe the rooms in natural light, creating an atmosphere of freshness and tranquility. Adorning the walls are intricate drawings inspired by real cities such as Constantinople, as well as an imaginary brotherhood, picturesque landscapes, graceful birds, and an array of decorative elements. However, it is the breathtaking ceilings that truly steal the show, evoking a sense of grandeur, opulence, and the unmistakable mark of the Mavros family's prosperous status and refined taste.


Eagle Room

Amongst the treasure trove of rooms within the mansion, the Eagle Room reigns supreme, exuding unparalleled elegance and splendor. The pièce de résistance lies in its painted and decorated wooden ceiling, a masterpiece that captivates the beholder's gaze. Divided into four sections, the ceiling's intricate patterns and motifs radiate positive energy and enduring beauty. While the artist responsible remains a mystery, their initials, L.L., signify a talent known for their ingenious designs and a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western influences.

Rizari

Rizari - the plant that locals used to paint threads red - the source of local wealth | Photo by: Carstor, Rubia tinctorum flowers, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 3.0


καθώς γνώρισε πολύ μεγάλη οικονομική ανάπτυξη κατά το παρελθόν, χάρη στην επεξεργασία και την βαφή νημάτων με κόκκινο χρώμα που παρήγαγαν από την επεξεργασία του φυτού


Whispering Stories

Visiting the Georgios Mavros Mansion in Ampelakia Village, Larissa, is an extraordinary journey into the past, offering a glimpse of the opulence and cultural heritage of a bygone era. From the stone-clad ground floor to the resplendent ceilings and artful designs on the upper floors, this architectural gem preserves the essence of its historical significance. As one wanders through its corridors, the mansion whispers stories of Georgios Mavros Schwartz and the Ambelakia Cooperative, encapsulating the rich history and timeless beauty of Larissa.


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