Anavatos / Central Chios


Anavatos is a settlement of 400 houses, schools, churches, courts, a prison, all of unique architecture, working the stones into shapes of narrow arched windows and doors. Narrow picturesque passageways run through the buildings. The entire village with its cliff walls was strong fortification.

When the fortress town was buried in the ruins of the terrible earthquake of 1881, the suffering villagers built a new settlement, the third and final one of today, on the fringes of the cliff. The area here, in addition to its history, obtained special prominence because of the unusual architecture of the buildings.