A HISTORY OF A TINY VILLAGE IN PELION

A HISTORY OF A TINY VILLAGE IN PELION

The tale-like history of Damouhari starts in the beginning of the twentieth  century. According to it, Apostolos Vainopoulos great having worked for years as captain in english commercial ships, returns rich enough to his birth-place, the Mouresi village and decides to set up in Damouhari a business of importing and exporting goods from and to East Pelion. He was the first inhabitant of the village. At that time there was no road network from Volos to East Pelion and all commerce was being held by the sea, especially through Damouchari’s natural port, where were operating customs office and big storehouses, stony and imposing buildings that are still preserved.

At the same time Apostolos Vainopoulos in one of his european journeys in Romania meets Cleopatra, a wealthy Greek Romanian girl from Bucharest, that her father’s origin is also from the village Mouresi in East Pelion. Apostolos falls in love with her, they get married and he brings her from the aristocracy of Bucharest to the magnificent but lonely Damouhari. He calls her “Miramare“, which in romanian means “Admirable” and devotes the village to her, building a mansion for her. The years pass by winters are strong and Cleopatra feels more and more trapped and isolated from her family and her beloved, who was still away in long sea trips. Suffering from depression and after complications during parturition, she dies in the childbirth of her single and only child. The child is a boy, survives and lives, but he also dies after a short period.

After the death of his son too, Apostolos sufers from a great loss. During this so difficult and painful period of his life a poor local girl Victoria, which was the nanny of his lost son stands by him. They come closer and eventually they get married. From then on, a creative period starts for Vainopoulos. He and Victoria made five children to whom he gave names related to Ancient Greece. These are, in birth order the following: Electra, Cleopatra, Nikias, Iasonas and Klearchos. Alongside the business is going well, while concurrently he serves as the President of the local Community of Mouresi. He is 45 years old and has big plans for Damouhari and for the improvement of the harbor, but unfortunately he dies suddenly due to a hyperthermia within a week time from the appearance of his disease. It is about a sunstroke that happened to him during his heroic effort, as President, to extinguish a large fire in the region.

Victoria stays alone with her 5 children. She inherits a large fortune together with the business. Meanwhile, the seasons change the second  World War is approaching and life becomes more and more difficult. Victoria is forced to mismanage and sell much of the fortune in order to survive her and her children. Eventually her brothers manage to mediate sharing the heritage and passing it to the children, who are is still young. Later Victoria gets married with Stergios a man of about twenty  years younger with which they make a daughter called Barbara. With Stergios’ s sister Victoria’s son, Nikias, keeps a love affair but they never get married. However they live together and make three  children, which could be identified and take their father’s surname (Vainopoulos).

Nowdays most of the apartments and hotels are properties of Vainopoulo’s progenies.

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