Vrontados

Vrontados (Βροντάδος) is a large town north of Chora in Chios. It’s the home of many Chian ship owners. Other than lots of churches, there are a couple points of interest.

Daskalopetra (Δασκαλόπετρα) is located near a beach in Vrontados that shares it’s name. Tradition says that this is where the blind poet Homer sat and taught his students, thus the name Daskalopetra (literally Teacher’s Rock). It’s also considered to be part of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Cybele.

Daskalopetra in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

Daskalopetra

An inscription about Daskolopetra by Herodotus in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

An inscription about Daskolopetra by Herodotus

High above Vrontados on the road to the northwest part of Chios is the Heroes Monument. It’s dedicated to Chians who lost their lives during a battle against Ottoman forces on Epos Hill on November 15, 1912.

Heroes Monument in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

Heroes Monument

Near the Heroes Monument is the tomb of author Ioannis Psycharis. He was born in Odessa in 1854, spent some time in Constantinople, and later moved to Paris. He died in Paris and his body was sent to Chios for burial.

Tomb of Ioannis Psycharis in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

Tomb of Ioannis Psycharis

From the top of the hill, there are phenomenal views of Vrontados and the coastline. You can also see the crazy road that winds up into the mountains.

The view from Epos Hill in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

The view from Epos Hill

The road up Epos Hill in Vrontados, Chios, Greece

The road up Epos Hill

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