Building Technology
The strange stones of Enez
Enez, Trakya (formerly in Greek Ainos, Thrace) is an ancient seaport in in the delta of the border river which runs between Turkey and Greece.

When I visited recently, I noticed most of the traditional houses and garden walls used many differently coloured stone blocks. The aesthetic effect is very striking and elegant.

Given that Enez is now a small fishing village with the ruins of an ancient seaport now landlocked. I cannot see how these many differently coloured, textured. etc stones could have arrived there from local sources.

My assumption is that these stone blocks are in fact ballast from ships, which would make sense given that the low level and rolling countryside of Thrace (Trakya) was used probably for growing various types of grain and the grain was exported and the stone ballast from the old sailing ships was offloaded and used as building stone.

As an afterthought, maybe Enez (Ainos) was a Genoan or Venetian seaport?
Frank John Snelling
The strange stones of Enez
Hello Frank!
Can you post here an image of Enez traditional houses? Unfortunately I can't help you but you made me curious about this very striking and elegant effect.
Alia Himmat
The strange stones of Enez

My apologises for not picking up on your post. I have no images myself, but the effect of these multi-hued and variagated stones was like looking at a patchwork quilt made of stone.

In essence, the aesthetic vernacular contextual appeal for me was in the chaotic / haphazard / random effect of the individual stones, yet all "ordered" within the functional framework of being integral parts of a wall.

Similarly "old walls" of hand-made brick vary (a) in the overall plane texture because they are hand-laid and irregular and vary (b) in indivdual texture because the bricks themselves are hand-made and irregular.

Whereas, modern walls with exact flat overall planes made of exact machine-made bricks are ugly and unaesthetic.

In these modern times, old industrial buildings with hand-made bricks are converted into urban housing with the walls stripped of paint and plaster; the effect is aesthetic because of the chaotic quality of the brickwork.
Frank John Snelling


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