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On the island of Chios the visitor can find 66 different picturesque villages. The northern part of the island is characterized by the beautiful villages of Kardamila, Amades, Viki, Kambia and Lagada, while on the north-western the villages of Volissos, Agio Gala, Pirama, Agiasmata and Nenitouria embellish the countryside. These villages are famous for their small valleys and the therapeutical spring. Travellers will also discover the beauty of the village Anavatos in the central part of Chios Island, which is built on the top of a rock of granite. Finally in the south there are situated the famous mediaeval villages of Pirgi, Mesta and Olympi. These villages, built like castles, for the fear of pirates in the middle ages have preserved their architecture through the ages and a visit there will be a visit in the medieval times.

NEA MONI: Nea Moni (New Monastery) is a monument of international significance. The catholicon (main church) is the most important specimen of the insular octagonal domed type of church, and is lavishly decorated with marble revetments and mosaics.

KAMBOS: One of the most beautiful areas of the island is Kambos, a green valley 3 Km south of Chora covered with citrus orchards. Kambos ("Plain") is a flat land that stretches, along the east coast of the island of Chios, about 10 Km long and 2 Km wide. The low mountains that surround it from the west are the source of its underground waters; what makes Kambos an endless garden with flowers and citrus trees, very close to the capital of Chios. Kambos represents a unique, both residential and agricultural site, situated in a very critical area of Greece and Europe, in general.

PYRGI: The entire village of Pyrgi, is one of the areas which still stands as it was built. The narrow roads, the innumerable churches, and amongst them the 13th century Byzantine church of St. Apostles in combination with the unique black and white geometrical decor of the outer walls of the houses. -The "xysta" -are the things which enchant the visitor. This is a technique of hand-engraving geometric motifs in black and white on plaster. It is based on plastering-sand being applied to the wall, carefully painted white, then scraped with the designs.

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