Winter in Vatheia
Vatheia, Mani peninsula, LAKONIA ● Greece
Built in a prominent place, on the top of a hill, Vatheia (Greek: Βαθειά), is a picturesque village, at the southernmost tip of the Mani peninsula. The settlement existed since the 16th century, while it acquired its current form after the 18th century. The inhabitants worked in agriculture and stock breeding, while later they also worked in olive tree fields. In the beginning of the 20th century the population started decreasing and in 1979 only 11 inhabitants lived in the village.
The feudal society of the Maniots developed during the 14th century. The main reason for fortifying the home with a tower was the organization of Mani society into clans or families, and the need of the clan chief to obtain and safeguard a means of livelihood for his family.
The tower was the bastion of freedom but also the fort of the warring parties in the terrible Mani feuds. From the tower the fighters of the family successfully defended themselves in times of vendetta. The building of the family tower was the common obligation of all the male members of the Maniot clan. Vathia is one of the villages with the greatest concentration of these towers.
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