' Many people have tried to describe the Agiorgiti Residence experience, not always being able to put their finger on it. Yet, it is actually very simple.
Lets clear one thing. This is a real home. With real people living and work there. They exist upon strands of history, interwoven into their daily lives. They are surrounded with beautiful artifacts revealing all epochs of Greek history. Here, their family's heritage is alive and well.
As for the objects themselves, it is not easy for an inexperienced eye to discern, what is original , vintage and what is reproduction. Much care is taken to preserve the replicas, almost as much as with the authentic originals. Why? Because, the Agiorgiti Residence is a place of historical experience - not of historical accuracy.
For its owners, everything has value. It is part of their family's history mosaic. One of course, one cannot argue, that original antiquities are without a doubt, more precious. They most certainly are and all sit safely behind glass cabinets. However, value is also given to the vintage and replicas created with great care and artistic technique. These may also become part of Greek heritage, some hundred years from now.
And how do the residents live with all their things? Take for example, a family heirloom hand-woven jacket or Tagari bag with its Sarakatsan motif. Does one wear it or does one place it for exhibit on the wall? According to late Kallirhoe Agiorgiti, her answer was 'common sense' .
What about the little granddaughter Theope living there? Is she allowed to roller skate through the salons, whooshing past the heirlooms and antique objects - after all, she is six years old and loves to move around and play hide-and-seek! "If she is careful", her mother will say. (But between you and me, all important artifacts are high up and out of her way). And yes, the occasional Micky Mouse comic might be discovered under a table by a visitor - (a Disney vintage copy most probably, but nothing to do with Greek heritage).
Hey, this is a house, not a museum and there are three children living there and friends visiting all the time!
One thing is for certain. This place is very special, rare gem. It is exactly a kind of poetical ' living historical milieu ', one finds only in romantic or surreal literature. However in this case, it is animated with real characters. There are many things going on... Thus history continues.
But are you still curious to know what is so special about this home? It really is simply this. It contains one of the most precious and characteristic-of-Greek-heritage-things, namely 'filoxenia', the hospitality of the warm heart.
All relevant objects within the home, have been legally declared and documented at the Ministry of Culture of Athens. Member of The eCult Observatory a platform where technology meets cultural heritage