Tholopotami

Tholopotami (Θολοποτάμι) is a nice village located on the side of a mountain in southern Chios. It’s very special to me because my mom’s family is from this village.

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

My great-great-grandmother's house (left) and my great-grandmother's house (right) in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

My great-great-grandmother’s house (left) and my great-grandmother’s house (right)

 

There are some interesting old buildings, a large church, and several narrow alleys to wander through while getting lost in the village.

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

My favorite part of Tholopotami to walk through is the abandoned part. There are old ruined homes made out of stone in the late 19th century.

Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Tholopotami

In the upper part of the village is a broken windmill. From there, there are some great views of the countryside and across to Turkey.

Windmill in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Windmill

View from the upper village in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

View from the upper village

On top of the mountain above Tholopotami is Profiti Ilias. There’s a small church up there where every summer a huge panigiri (festival) takes place. It’s an amazing place to go when nobody is up there but the fireman in the watchtower. The views are phenomenal. On a clear day, you can see the Greek islands of Samos, Ikaria, and even faraway Andros.

Profiti Ilias in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Profiti Ilias

Profiti Ilias in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Profiti Ilias

View from Profiti Ilias in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

View from Profiti Ilias

 

Outside of the village off the main road to Kallimasia and Chios Town is Agio Petro. The church was built over a spring of holy water in 1884.

Agio Petro in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Agio Petro

Agio Petro in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Agio Petro

Agio Petro in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Agio Petro

Agio Petro in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Agio Petro

The original bell tower at Agio Petro was destroyed but rebuilt around 2012.

Agio Petro in Tholopotami, Chios, Greece

Agio Petro

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