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  Walls of the Chios Fortress
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  • Walls of the Chios Fortress - Chios Island
      Walls of the Chios Fortress
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  • End turret of Chios Castle - Chios Island
      End turret of Chios Castle
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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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  • Written Jul 14, 2008
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