Olympi

Olympi (Ολύμποι) is a 14th century Medieval village in southern Chios. To me, it’s Mesta-lite. It has a maze of narrow alleys to wander through and a few buildings with the xysta that made nearby Pyrgi famous.

Olympi, Chios, Greece

Olympi

Olympi, Chios, Greece

Olympi

Olympi, Chios, Greece

Olympi

An important feature of Olympi is the gate that served as the original entrance to the village. It was the only way in or out during Medieval times. All of the houses during that era had windows that faced into the village, so an outsider would see it as a huge fortress with walls rather than a village.

Gate in Olympi, Chios, Greece

Gate

In the center of the village is a large defensive building where villagers used to take refuge. There are a couple of restaurants located there now, making it an interesting place to have a meal.

Olympi, Chios, Greece

Olympi

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