Emporios Prehistoric Settlement

At the southern end of Chios in Emporios, there’s a prehistoric settlement on the side of a mountain overlooking the town. The settlement dates back to the Neolithic Era around 6000 BC and was a major town in the Aegean region. The site also includes a later Mycenaean settlement from the 13th century BC which was destroyed by fire and abandoned in the 11th century BC. Admission is €2 as of October 2013. It closes at 3pm.

At the entrance, it’s worth watching the short 10 minute film introducing the prominent buildings found on the settlement and a scale model of the site.

Model of Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Model of Emporios Settlement

From the entrance, the path heads up through the ruined foundations and is well-marked. The majority of the buildings are homes.

Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Emporios Settlement

Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Emporios Settlement

Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Emporios Settlement

Two of the more interesting finds are the megaron, which was built in the 8th or 7th century BC, and the Temple of Athena.

Megaron at the Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Megaron

Temple of Athena at the Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Temple of Athena

Temple of Athena at the Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

Temple of Athena

Even if you aren’t interested in archaeology, the views are unbeatable from the settlement.

View from Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

View from Emporios Settlement

View from Emporios Settlement in Chios, Greece

View from Emporios Settlement

The town of Emporios (Εμπορειός) is small newer village near Mavra Volia beach. There are a couple good tavernas.

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