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A koimité (sleeping place) in the White Mountains  - 16th June 2007

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A koimité (sleeping place) in the White Mountains - Click to enlarge

 

A koimité (sleeping place) in the White Mountains

 

A koimité (sleeping place) in the White Mountains

 

and it includes a comfortable seat

 

If you walk in the mountains you will find tiny stone huts that can barely accommodate one person lying or sitting down. They are usually located on high ridges (with good views of the surrounding valleys) and near pathways. These koimité ( sleeping places) were built only as temporary resting or sleeping places for the shepherds who wanted to be close to their grazing flocks.

Normally they will look like an igloo of dark limestone with a small entrance. The one above is different in that it uses a large white rock on which the dark structure is built. The structure is really simple and at the same time amazingly elegant.

The guy trying to look cool in the picture is not a shepherd, it's me.

You can click on the top picture to enlarge.

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