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Nea Moni-Anavatos-Elinda-Lithi-Vessa-Agios Georgios-Kampos


We start from the city of Chios and go to the Nea Moni. Nea Moni was built in the 11th century (between 1042-1056) and was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It covers an area of ​​about 17000 square meters and is located in the center of the island. The monastery is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mosaics of the New Monastery date from the 11th century. Today it is one of the three remaining collections in Greece of the Byzantine period and remains in relatively good condition. Their excellent quality, along with the fact that they are the work of artists associated with the largest workshops in Istanbul, ranks them among the most important creations of Byzantine art. We leave Nea Moni and go to Anavatos. Anavatos, the so-called Mistras of the Aegean, is located in the West of Chios, while it is built on a steep cliff, hidden from prying eyes, inaccessible on its ascent, like a normal fortress, impresses with its appearance. To this day, the great Brigadier General, who is the only building that dominates from afar, is proud of the mysterious serenity of this airy dead city. In Anavatos we will see the so-called "Three-storey" which consists of the olive press, the faculty, the Reservoir and the church of Panagia. The settlement-monument is a poem of beauty thanks to its towering houses, arches, arches and almost vertical cobbled streets. We leave Anavatos and head to Vessa. In the narrow streets of Vessa, the architecture of the virgin houses and Ag. Dimitrios is something worth visiting. Vessa is a small village, but it is a typical medieval village of Chios and also well preserved. Then we move to Agios Georgios Sykousis. The village has several similarities with the medieval settlements of Chios, mainly in terms of the shape of the houses. The church of Agios Georgios, Stavros and Pyrgos are preserved from the old monastery. Two other large temples of the village are Agios Panteleimonas and Agios Nikolaos. Our last destination is Campos. One of the most impressive areas of Chios, Kambos is a special residential complex, where the unique natural landscape is harmoniously combined with the local architectural features. Campos is widely known for its fragrant citrus orchards, as well as its old mansions. The area has been declared a "historic site" and a "traditional settlement", protected by the Ministry of Culture. The main feature of the orchards of Kampos is
the high walls of incense stone, which protect each property from adverse weather conditions. The aristocratic families of Chios, Genoese and locals, have built their homes in the area since the fourteenth century. The forbidden walls that the visitor encounters along the way, hide entire microcosms, which include ornately decorated courtyards, large mansions, tree-lined alleys and gardens with a variety of flowers. Then we will visit Citrus. The Citrus Museum, housed in a family-run unique mansion of 1742, was created to highlight and promote the history, cultivation, collection and distribution of citrus in Chios. Taking a tour of the site, the visitor realizes that the cultivation of oranges and the unique mandarins of the Plain is the one that has given the area the unique economic and cultural value. Leaving Citrus we head to Chora where our trip ends.