Monday, 28 May 2012

The Ricci mansion

   In Moustoksidi street (colloquially known as "Plati Kantuni") stands the 17th century venetian mansion which belonged to the Ricci family. 

   Originally it had two floors and its main feature is the arched portico decorated with busts known as "mouronia". Above the portico there is a balcony from which the nobles watched the giostre, the venetian horse riding tournaments which took place during the carnival. 

   Afterwards, another two floors were added and the mansion served as a hotel named "Pension Suisse". It destroyed during the Second World War but it was restored by the end of it.

   Here are the nine busts ("mouronia") that adorn the portico of the mansion.

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