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Walls of the Chios Fortress - Chios Island

Walls of the Chios Fortress

Visit the Ancient Fortress of Chios

To the north of Chios's city center and the harbor of Chios lies the Castle or Fortress of the town which played an important role in the medieval and modern history of the island as a center of both civil and military life.

This fortress was built in the Byzantine times around the 9th century AD. The original Byzantine structure was incorporated and repaired as it was taken into the later Genoese fortress.

At first, this fortress enclosed the whole city of Chios, but soon the town expanded outside the precinct of its walls to its present size. Their emblem, three towers and an eagle, still exists in towers and battlements, which are in quite good condition.

Directions: Could see the walls of the fortress, about a block over, from my cruise ship docked at Chios

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19th Century Ottoman Mosque - Chios Island

19th Century Ottoman Mosque

Walk into the area of the main square

In Chios there is a 19th century Ottoman mosque that stands near the central square of Chios Town. Until recently it was used as a Museum. The photo shows the fa├žade of the mosque and its minaret. The entrance area was all blocked off so I am sure that the museum and the mosque have been closed.

Since Chios suffered horrible cruelty and slaughter in 1822 by the Ottoman Turks, during the war of Greek independence, I suspect that the locals probably do not care much for this mosque at all.

Directions: A few blocks west of the port area

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