Eleni & Lina – Creating hand-crafted silver jewels, in Chora

Eleni and Lina live in Chora (a mountain village in Messinia, Peloponnese) and belong to a large family with a long tradition in the art of silversmithing. They offer a unique experience that involves learning how to craft ancient-style greek jewels, while offering their visitors the opportunity to hand-craft their own dream-jewel.

 WHAT you will LEARN: 

  1. Principles of the art of silversmithing for traditional silver jewelry

  2. How to create your own silver jewels: hands-on practice

  3. Points of cultural interest: King Nestor's Palace

€100, 3 hrs, 4 persons
 

Chora, Messinia - Where the Experience will take place

What greece.terrabook.com says

Eleni & Lina are situated in Chora of Pylos county, Messinia, Peloponnese. Their workshop is 200 m away from the local archeological museum, 3 km away from the ancient remains of King Nestor's Palace, 12 km from the magnificent Voidokoilia beach and 50 km north of Kalamata.

 

Chora is a beautiful little town built in the hinterland of Messinia, at the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese, and has 5,500 inhabitants. It is mainly known for its ancient monuments. At a distance of 2-3 kilometers on the way to Pylos the Mycenaean palace of Nestor is located, which is one of the greatest archaeological sites throughout the Peloponnese. Eight hundred meters northeast of Chora one will find Volimidia, where an important Mycenaean settlement was developed and a large cemetery with 35 vaulted graves.

 

In Chora during the Greek Revolution the Battle of Ligoudista (old name of Chora) took place on March 27, 1821, which ended with the victory of the Greeks.

 

Chora is built on a low hill in front of the plain. It retains its traditional look with the tiled roof houses and narrow streets. Olive trees, vines and vegetables constiturte the natural environment. 

 

If you find yourselves in Chora you should definitely visit the archaeological museum, which far exceeds its local importance, due to the volume and nature of the findings contained therein. In its collections, there are artifacts from throughout the region, as well as movable findings from the palace of Nestor.

 

Among the sights of Chora are Kefalovryso (with springs, pine and plane trees) which is located about 1 km outside the village, on the road to Kalamata, and Agia Sotira with lots of water and green.

 

Eleni & Lina Kakotylimenou are your Hostesses for the whole experience

Eleni & Lina are expert crafts-women, continuing a long family tradition. They have undertaken extensive silversmithing and ceramics courses over many years, and have learnt these crafts by following renowned teachers. They love to show their art to travellers, while at the same time offering a unique blend of hospitality that will make travellers feel at home.

  • Place of ORIGIN: Kalamata

  • LIVES in: Kalamata

  • SPEAKS: English

  • LOVES: silversmithing, music, volunteering, nature, art, agriculture, walk-abouts

  • Has TRAVELLED to: all over Greece

  • Personal TRAITS: polite, hospitable, passionate about their job

Here's how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together

 WHAT you will LEARN: 

  1. Principles of the art of silversmithing for traditional silver jewelry

  2. How to create your own silver jewels: hands-on practice

  3. Points of cultural interest: King Nestor's Palace

 

Here are the details for Booking this Greek experience

  • Place: Chora, Messinia, Peloponnese

  • Meeting Point: at the central Chora square

  • Duration: 3 hours

  • Timetable: 10.00-13.00  or  18.00-21.00

  • Availability:  throughout the year

  • Group size: 4 persons max

  • Price: 100 euros per person

  • What’s SPECIAL about this experience: hand-crafting unique silver jewels under the expert guidance of Eleni & Lina

 

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