before the fire in Peloponnesus, I was with my whole family in my
mother's homestead. Today nothing has remained but ashes. A total
disaster! The house was over one hundred years old and survived from the two
world wars. It survived the earthquake in 1965 too, where almost
the entire village of Tripotamos was ruined. However a single fire was
enough to destroy it completely and
that was because the unorganized Greek state couldn't
protect this small part of Greek history.
Now the least I can do is to maintain the memory of this house
where I spent my childhood and my youth. No amount of money can replace it's
emotional value. The destruction of the house was a great loss for
In the following videos you can see the extent of the distruction:
Photographs before and after the fire. Total disaster!
In August of 2007 70 people lost their lives from
the fires in Peloponnesus and in Evia. Beyond the human losses,
thousand of acres of forest were burned and many houses were
destroyed. Among them, was my motherís homestead in Tripotamos of
Arcadia (the village is 10 Km away from Megalopoli). It was a
historical house over one 100 years old. It survived from the two world wars.
In 1940 the Germans turned it into a hospital. After few years the royal service used
it as a general office, for the reconstruction of the region. It
was also one of the few houses which survived the major earthquake
that destroyed almost the entire village. Unfortunately this summer the
house didnít make it, since there were neither ladder trucks nor
firemen to defend the village from the flames. Tripotamos belongs to
the municipality of Megalopoli, which is responsible for the village
destruction, since it didnít send the fire brigade to none of the
villages that belong to it. The municipality of Megalopoli was only
interested in saving the town itself and nothing else did matter for
the local authorities. The municipality collects of course each time
the taxes but without protecting its villages when it is needed. But
what more to expect from a municipality which doesnít even care for
its ancient theatre and has turned out Alfeios River to a drainage ?
the house will not be
rebuilt and every historical heirloom is now turned into ashes.