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Philiates

Lithographed view of town showing the rooftops of various houses and with tall mountains in the backgroundPhiliates"Distant about ten of twelve miles from the sea, at Sayades, the station of a British vice-consul, and the general port of embarkation for Corfu and Janina, is situated near a mountain gorge of unsurpassed beauty. Every British or French traveller that has passed through Philiates must be able to testify to the hospitality of the widow of Dj’ammer Bey; she is a celebrated person in her way; and settles disputes and administers justice in the village. She sits unveiled in her Divan. Her son is a Pasha, and is now fighting against the Russians. As a Turk, she eats not with Christians, but keeps a bountiful table, where travellers can ever obtain welcome board and lodging. It is a remarkable fact, that the storks, who build their nests in Turkish chimneys, invariably avoid the Greek residences, even in a mixed village, where it is difficult to distinguish any difference between the houses; and at Philiates, you can thus know a Turkish dwelling by this strange discrimination of these birds."

From a description by the artist, George de la Poer Beresford.

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