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September 23, 2019

Unique Mountain Mansion On Top Of A Building In China


The word mansion itself derives from the Latin word mansion that means dwelling, an abstract noun derived from the verb manere witch means to dwell. The English word “manse” originally defined a property large enough for the parish priest to maintain himself, but a mansion is no longer self-sustaining in this way. ‘Manor’ comes from the same root— territorial holdings granted to a lord who would remain there— hence it is easy to see how the word ‘Mansion’ came to be used for a big building.

Within an ancient Roman city, patrician dwellings might be very extensive, and luxurious. Such mansions on one hill in Rome became so extensive that the term palatial was actually derived from the name Palatine hill and is the etymological origin of “palace”.


Following the fall of Rome the practice of building unfortified villas ceased. Today, the oldest inhabited mansions around the world usually began their existence as fortified castles in the middle ages. As social conditions slowly changed and stabilised fortifications were able to be reduced, and over the centuries gave way to comfort. It became fashionable and possible for homes to be beautiful rather than grim and forbidding. Hence the modern mansion began to evolve.

In British English a mansion block refers to a block of flats or apartments. In many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong and Japan, the word mansion also refers to a block of apartments.

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