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Mendrese

Athens – Greece

sunny 31 °C

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Opposite the Roman Agora of Athens, is the doorway of Mendrese or Medrese (from Arabic: Madrasah) originally a Muslim religious school founded in 1721 by Mehmet Fahri. 100 years later, in 1821 during the Greek War of Independence the Turks used it as a prison and hung many Greeks from a maple tree (platanos) and after the war the Greeks used it for the same purpose. In the minds of the Athenians it became a cursed place. In 1914 during archaeological excavations in the area the building was demolished except for the door.

  • I would like to thank the archaeologists Maria Leni and Alexandra Kostarelli for their assistance.

More images at: Kevrekidis Photography

© 2010 Jordan Kevrekidis

Posted by Kevrekidis 07:05 Archived in Greece Tagged photography

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