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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-12

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  • [01] Large mansion houses of Karditsa
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] Large mansion houses of Karditsa

    Four mansion houses in the prefecture of Karditsa, central Greece, are distinguished for their unique architecture, according to a special guide recently published by the local administration with information on the region's monuments.

    The large two-storey, stone-built mansion house in the village of Agnantero is a characteristic example of 19th century fortified residence in the plains of Thessaly. The mansion and the large country estate on which it was built were purchased by Christakis Zografos, a national benefactor, just before 1881 when Thessaly was liberated from the Ottoman Turks.

    The mansion house in the village of Prodromos was built by the Turks before the liberation of Thessaly. The building was very advanced for its time featuring an indoor bathroom and kitchen, water reservoir and rain water collection system.

    The two-storey Cohen Mansion House is found in the village of Astritsa, roughly 23 kms from the city of Karditsa. It is built in the center of the village in the middle of a large land plot. It dates back to the last decades of the 19th century and most likely it was built by the Turks that owned large farmland expansess in the region. In 1881, when Thessaly was liberated, it was sold to Elias Cohen and in 1920 it was purchased by the Karagiorgas family.

    The Zografos Mansion House, which currently houses the IPPO-TOUR facilities, is located in the village of Lazarina. It was probably built shortly after the liberation of Thessaly. Its owner Giorgos Zografos brought scientific land cultivation and animal breeding to the region, while he was also the founder of sugar, rice, and cotton processing plants. The building is divided into two-storey and three-storey wings and constitutes an example of a fortified residence.

    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 1.22 percent, standing at 2,626.91 points at 10:55 a.m., and turnover at 27.9 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Telecoms, down 1.85 percent; Financial Services, down 1.75 percent; and Food and Beverages, down 1.62 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Chemicals, up 0.18 percent; and Personal and Household Goods, up 0.16 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.49 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.77 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.04 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 27 were up, 78 were down, and 32 were unchanged.

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