Santorini

Mansion Sophia was built around the mid-19th century and inhabited by one of the feudal landlords of the island at that time. These merchants and land barons became wealthy exporting the unique Vinsanto wine the island still produces. Trade brought wealth which in turn brought the Mansion Houses. Megalochori had a particularly strong link with the Port of Odessa in Russia. Many of the church bells which still toll in the village today are from Russia and have a very distinct clarity. Up until fifteen years ago the house was still occupied by one of the descendants of the Akila family, after which the villa is named. She refused to allow modern technology to enter the house, and lived happily with no electricity collecting her water in the well after each winter rain.
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