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Mesta, Chios, North Aegean

Mesta

  
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Mesta
Location:
Medieval village of Mesta in southern Chios island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Chios
Municipality > Town:
City of Chios
• Mesta
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 120 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
around 15th century  
GENOAN
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Fortified Settlement  
Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mesta is one of the mastic villages of Chios. It is also a medieval village, still inhabited and one of the best preserved and most beautiful fortified settlements in Greece.


History

The village was probably built in the 12th century during Byzantine era. The architecture of settlement with the narrow streets and the surrounding fortification served to repel the pirate raids.

The layout of the village is a pentagon and the many narrow roads inside the fortification give the impression of a labyrinth. The fortification was reinforced and finalized during the Genoan period in Chios, between 1346 and 1566.


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