The imposing, three-storey mansion was built according to the design of the Greek architect Panagiotis Kalkos in 1857, to accommodate the wealthy family of the great raisin merchant, Sotiris Panagiotopoulos. The works for its completion took three whole years and it currently is a treasure for the town. The majestic, marble staircase in its entry will lead you to its three floors. In the “palace” of Aegio, you will see amazing ceiling paintings and wonderful wall decorations by exceptional Italian painters. Its marble balconies are also true works of art
This high quality building features a high-ceiling with external lift and each floor covering approximately an area of 400 sq.m. A large double door with a marble frame leads you to the inside of the house. The ground floor was used as office of the businessman, while the two upper floors were the residence of his large family. Luxurious, carved solid furniture brought a Parisian flair to the room, while statues, expensive carpets and other valuables made it stand out. The high aesthetics of the building are complemented by a large yard with a bougainvillea in the back.
From the years of absolute glory, it was later abandoned by the grandchildren of Panagiotopoulos. The high maintenance costs, the damage from the passage of time and the serious impact of earthquakes in recent years became a very heavy burden for the heirs.
The building suffered plunders and disrespect, before it was finally acquired by the Municipality of Aegialia and is now a great cultural landmark for the tow, as it hosts important periodical exhibitions as well as other cultural events.
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