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// AUGUST 2017
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Mesta, Greece
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Pyrgi

 

5/12/2017
The unique ...painted doll houses of Pyrgi!!!

Known as the “painted village”, because of the decorative motives on the buildings’ facades, it is the largest medieval village of Chios and is located at a 25 kilometer distance from Chios town. Despite the transformations it has gone under during the years, Pyrgi still maintains its medieval legend.
 


 

Its urban structure and its architecture are of great historical significance. Its defensive design against hostile raids is typical of the southern medieval villages in Chios.

But what really fascinates immediately the visitor’s eyes are the houses with their unique decorative designs of black and white geometrical shapes, known as “xysta”. The technique is based on the black sand of the coating, which is firstly whitened carefully and then is engraved to the wall in order to produce dark geometrical subjects on a white background.  
 


 

We left the car at the entrance of the village and went to explore its idyllic roads. We were totally bewitched by the painted doll houses!



There are some remarkable historical monuments in Pyrgi, like the Churh of “Agioi Apostoloi” (built around the 14nth century), Our Lady’s Church (1694), the Church of Taxiarchis (1680) and the Monastery of St. George (19nth century).
 


While walking, we arrived at some point to Our Lady’s Church and took several photos of it. But since it was noon, we wanted to find a place to eat. Of course, it was December, not high touristic season, and as expected, most of the restaurants were closed.


Yannis “Volos”

But, opposite the church, we noticed that there was a small traditional café (Kafeneio) and we opened its door, hoping to find at least some “meze” and a little ouzo. What we didn’t know was that we had just visited the coffee shop belonging to Giannis or…Volos, as his nickname is, well known by everyone, not only in the village of Pyrgi, but also in the nearby village of Mesta! In the traditional coffee shop, sat already and drinking their ouzo, were a couple of friends of Yannis. As soon as we explained that we were travelers and more over very hungry, we received an immediate welcome, accompanied with hospitality and friendliness! Yiannis, whom we will remember for his beaming face and his generous heart, prepared a table for us and Mirela, very pretty and sweet, brought us a generous plate with fresh and very tasty French fries, a great omelet and a rich Greek salad.
 



But things didn’t stop just there! Soon afterwards, we tasted the famous dried olives of Chios ( they are called “throubes” in other places of Greece and “Kourmada” in Chios) and accompanied them with “suma” (we had tried this local drink during our first day in Chios town, but in Pyrgi we learnt that it is made of figs and is distilled, “kazanizetai”, and consumed privately by friends and families only. It can not be found in shops and its distillation, “Kazanisma”, is always a good reason for celebration, dancing and singing!)
We were treated with all the goods Yannis and Mirela had in their little and cozy café!
 


 

We became acquainted with Yannis Volos’ friends, Mr. Fotis, Mr. Nikos, Mrs. Vagia and soon afterwards we met Michalis, who knew a lot about the distillation of suma and was going to do it too in a few days! We became all one merry company and let them talk to us about their village and their daily life! As the situation had developed, we ended up staying in the café for almost three hours!



But we never regretted it! That afternoon in Pyrgi was full of joy of life and reminded us, once more, how nice and kind are the people of Chios!

We said good bye with difficulty to our new friends, since their company was so revitalizing and pleasant, and we returned to our car. We had to drive to Mesta, where we would spend the night at.

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
Difficulty:
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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