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THE TOWN OF CHIOS

A large city, the town of Chios is the island’s social, commercial and cultural centre. Built on the island’s Eastern shore, enjoying a view of the Turkish coast, Chios is a stunning seaside island capital with its impressive Medieval fortress tightly embracing part of the settlement. Stroll along the long quay to soak in the morning’s frantic commercial activity or the night’s lively reveller crowd.

THE FORTRESS

Built in the late 10th century by the Byzantines, its present appearance is the result of many additions and repairs by Genoese, Venetians and Ottomans, from the early 14th until the 19th century Greek Revolution. The fortress is still inhabited today. Take a walk in its streets to visit the Turkish Cemetery, the Bairakli Mosque, the church of St. George and the Turkish bath ruins. Inside the fortress, visit the renovated Palace of Justinian operating as a museum and hosting exhibitions of Byzantine and post-Byzantine religious paintings, icons and woodcarvings.

KAMPOS

This beautiful expanse –just 6 km South of Chios town- hosts the island’s majestic past relics. It was there that rich Genoese and local families started in the 14th century to build their summer homes, endowing Kampos with a unique architecture. Lush green yards, grandiose villas and an extensive network of stone paved paths make Kampos an absolute must destination in your Chiotic explorations. Visit the villas of Argentiko, Mavrokordatiko, Citrus and Riziko.

THE TOWN OF CHIOS

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A large city, the town of Chios is the island’s social, commercial and cultural centre. Built on the island’s Eastern shore, enjoying a view of the Turkish coast, Chios is a stunning seaside island capital with its impressive Medieval fortress tightly embracing part of the settlement. Stroll along the long quay to soak in the morning’s frantic commercial activity or the night’s lively reveller crowd.
Visit Aplotaria, the town’s old market, still in use today, notice the majestic neoclassical buildings and the shady Municipal Gardens with its palm trees, pines and immense eucalyptus, seemingly standing guard over the 19th century Greek revolution hero, Konstantinos Kanaris. Don’t miss to visit the Korais Library, one of the country’s oldest and largest such institutions, housing scores of manuscripts, maps, rare books and archival material.


THE FORTRESS

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Built in the late 10th century by the Byzantines, its present appearance is the result of many additions and repairs by Genoese, Venetians and Ottomans, from the early 14th until the 19th century Greek Revolution. The fortress is still inhabited today. Take a walk in its streets to visit the Turkish Cemetery, the Bairakli Mosque, the church of St. George and the Turkish bath ruins. Inside the fortress, visit the renovated Palace of Justinian (T +30 22710 22819) operating as a museum and hosting exhibitions of Byzantine and post-Byzantine religious paintings, icons and woodcarvings. Admission is free


Info
T:+30 22710 22819

KAMPOS

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This beautiful expanse –just 6 km South of Chios town- hosts the island’s majestic past relics. It was there that rich Genoese and local families started in the 14th century to build their summer homes, endowing Kampos with a unique architecture. Lush green yards, grandiose villas and an extensive network of stone paved paths make Kampos an absolute must destination in your Chiotic explorations. Visit the villas of Argentiko, Mavrokordatiko, Citrus and Riziko.


NEA MONI MONASTERY

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the monastery was built in the 11th century and is famous for its outstanding mosaics. The museum hosts post-Byzantine icons, silver work, church and folk embroidery and textiles dating to the 18th century.

VILLAGES

Vrontados: Almost connected to the town of Chios, Vrontados is known for its maritime tradition, picturesque little houses with their amazing gardens and for its windmills. The village’s beach –known as Daskalopetra (Teacher’s Rock) is said to have been Homer’s favourite teaching spot.

ANAVATOS: THE DESERTED VILLAGE

A silent stone city, Anavatos appears to emerge out of the earth. Known as “Aegean Mystra”, the deserted village is located in island’s centre and is built on a tall forbidding rock. Taking advantage of their village’s naturally fortified position, the inhabitants surrounded their 400 homes with a circular wall. This impressive settlement was abandoned after the Massacre of 1822. An important number of homes –and the villages impressive olive press- still stand intact.

NEA MONI MONASTERY

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Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the monastery was built in the 11th century and is famous for its outstanding mosaics. The museum hosts post-Byzantine icons, silver work, church and folk embroidery and textiles dating to the 18th century.
Admission: 2 €.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-13:00


Info
Τ:+30 2271079370

VILLAGES

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Vrontados: Almost connected to the town of Chios, Vrontados is known for its maritime tradition, picturesque little houses with their amazing gardens and for its windmills. The village’s beach –known as Daskalopetra (Teacher’s Rock) is said to have been Homer’s favourite teaching spot.
Volissos: The island’s Northern part largest village, Volissos is located 40 km NW of Chios and is spread under its large fortress’ shade. Considered as Homer’s birthplace, Volissos is today a popular summer resort, offering interesting excursions to the monastery of Agia Markela and many beautiful beaches.


ANAVATOS: THE DESERTED VILLAGE

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A silent stone city, Anavatos appears to emerge out of the earth. Known as “Aegean Mystra”, the deserted village is located in island’s centre and is built on a tall forbidding rock. Taking advantage of their village’s naturally fortified position, the inhabitants surrounded their 400 homes with a circular wall. This impressive settlement was abandoned after the Massacre of 1822. An important number of homes –and the villages impressive olive press- still stand intact.


CHIOS ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The museum hosts a permanent exhibition entitled “Chios: A city on the Coast”, including important pieces dating from the early Bronze Age to late Antiquity, such as sculptures, reliefs, ceramics, architectural parts, inscriptions, glass, gold, bronze objects and jewellery.

CHIOS BYZANTINE MUSEUM

Built in the mid 19th century, the museum showcases works of art dating from the 5th to the 18th centuries. In its courtyard, you may marvel at the beautifully crafted stone votive objects discovered in Muslim and Jewish graves, and the massive 17th century cannons. Notice the amazing frescoes from the church of Our Lady of Lilies, boasting «The Miracle of St. Nicholas», painted by hagiographer Mihalis Chomatzas in 1734.

MUNICIPAL GALLERY

In a very special building projects Despotopoulos that once housed the Public Baths, the Municipal Gallery of Chios hosts an extraordinary collection of works of great artists Chian Mitarakis and Gialourou and collecting works of Western European family Diomatari, tables collection Chrysanthopoulos and Melekou.

CHIOS ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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The museum hosts a permanent exhibition entitled “Chios: A city on the Coast”, including important pieces dating from the early Bronze Age to late Antiquity, such as sculptures, reliefs, ceramics, architectural parts, inscriptions, glass, gold, bronze objects and jewellery.
Admission: 2€
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 08.30-14.45



Info
T:+30 2271044239

CHIOS BYZANTINE MUSEUM

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Built in the mid 19th century, the museum showcases works of art dating from the 5th to the 18th centuries. In its courtyard, you may marvel at the beautifully crafted stone votive objects discovered in Muslim and Jewish graves, and the massive 17th century cannons. Notice the amazing frescoes from the church of Our Lady of Lilies, boasting «The Miracle of St. Nicholas», painted by hagiographer Mihalis Chomatzas in 1734.
Admission: 2€
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 08.30-13:00



Info
T:+30 2271081337

MUNICIPAL GALLERY

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In a very special building projects Despotopoulos that once housed the Public Baths, the Municipal Gallery of Chios hosts an extraordinary collection of works of great artists Chian Mitarakis and Gialourou and collecting works of Western European family Diomatari, tables collection Chrysanthopoulos and Melekou.


Where
Andrea Avenue (city center), T:+30 2271043830