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// AUGUST 2017
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Athens
Chios
Vrontados
Pantoukios
Lagkada
Marmaro
Kardamyla
Chios
Karies
Nea Moni of Chios
Avgonima
Anavatos
Lithi
Vessa
Agios Georgios Sikousis
Chios
Armolia
Pyrgi
Mesta, Greece
Olympoi
Mastic Museum
Volcano Beach Chios
Mesta
Limenas
Sidirounta
Volissos
Moni Agias Markellas
Epos
Vrontados
Chios
Oinousses
Athens
Mesta

Chios Mastic Museum


6/12/2017
The diamond of Chios…

We left Olympoi and took the route towards Pyrgi, to the location Rahi (Tepeki), so as to visit the brand new Chios Mastic Museum, which opened its doors to visitors for first time in June 2016.

Located to the southern part of Chios and in the heart of the Mastic Villages (“Mastichochoria”), the museum is a real rare diamond. Through its permanent exhibition it unveils the history, the economy and the cultural heritage of the island, the best way possible.  

The museum is hosted in a building which is an architectural piece of art itself. It is perfectly harmonized with the landscape, while the structure of the exhibiting halls is such that allows the visitor to have a complete picture as far as the ways of traditional cultivation of the mastic and also the various stages of producing and processing it. In parallel, the visitor understands how the production process is part of the cultural landscape of Chios.
 


On the ground floor of the building are the ticket offices, a coffee shop where from a visitor can also buy various mastic products and an area with painting exhibits too. On the lower floor of the museum and as the exhibition progresses, the main exhibits are to be found. There is modern infrastructure for a more attractive approach, a small projection room and 6 computers, with access to the Museum’s web page. More over, the exhibition continues outdoors, where the visitor can see the mastic trees and the actual natural mastic up close and on the tree, before its collection and before it takes its route to the various stages of production. Of great interest is the last floor too, where various machines are to be found. They are configured in such shape, that by pressing a simple button, the visitor has the chance to watch how they were functioning when used at their production unit.
 


The unities of the permanent exhibition develop as it follows: Introduction, Schinos (= pistacia lentiscus var.Chia) and mastic, cultivation, works on the fields, works in the settlement, Mastic: element of intangible universal heritage, Management, The Universal Heritage of Mastic, The architecture of the settlements, Unsettled Years, Chios in the Genoa Era, Chios under Ottoman Occupation, Production, To the establishment of the Mastic Association, The Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association, Factory of the Association, Uses.
 


The mastic tree, known also as Schinos, which may reach in height the three meters and in width even more, may live hundreds of years. The Mastic Villages of Chios is the only place on earth where “the tear of the schinos” appears (variety: pistacia lentiscus Chia) and this results to the production of mastic, although “schinos” exists all over Mediterranean Sea. 

When the visitor exits the museum, towards the outdoors exhibition, the aromas of the trees and the grounds around them are spread in the air.
 


In 2014 the famous product of Chios entered the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and under this prism emphasis has been given on timelessness and sustainability of it.

The history of a place defines its present and its future and all the very interesting and amazing things that one may see at the wonderful video which is played at one of the halls of the permanent exhibition, reflect the connection of the civilization with the environment, since the intangible cultural heritage meets with landscape and the natural heritage carried by it.
 


The museum jewel of Chios impressed us and at the same time moved us deeply. We stood with respect in front of the, older ones mainly, photos which imprint the daily labour of older generations at a time that the embroidering (“kentima”) of the mastic tree was the only way of surviving for the people of the island.

We highly recommend the Chios Mastic Museum and believe that a visit to it , when a guest is in Chios, is an absolute “must”.

Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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Country: Greece
Date: 2017
Route: Greece : Chios Island - Oinousses
Cities: Athens, Chios, Vrontados, Pantoukios, Lagkada, Marmaro, Kardamyla, Chios, Karies, Nea Moni of Chios, Avgonima, Anavatos, Lithi, Vessa, Agios Georgios Sikousis, Chios, Armolia, Pyrgi, Mesta, Greece, Olympoi, Mastic Museum, Volcano Beach Chios, Mesta, Limenas, Sidirounta, Volissos, Moni Agias Markellas, Epos, Vrontados, Chios, Oinousses, Chios, Athens
Duration: 7 days
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Population: Chios: 53.199
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