"See the abandoned Medieval town of Anavatos" Chios Island Off The Beaten Path Tip by WorldPassenger

Chios Island Off The Beaten Path: 11 reviews and 34 photos

  The promitory upon which Anavatos was built
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  • The promitory upon which Anavatos was built - Chios Island
      The promitory upon which Anavatos was built
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  • The heights helped protect Anavatos until 1822 - Chios Island
      The heights helped protect Anavatos until 1822
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  • The ruins within the town of Anavatos - Chios Island
      The ruins within the town of Anavatos
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  • Eagle's vew down from the top of Anavatos - Chios Island
      Eagle's vew down from the top of Anavatos
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Near the center of Chios island is the village of Anavatos. It is perched precariously high on a rocky elevation with sides so steep it can only be approached from one direction. The walls and buildings of the town were built to defend it from its enemies. Unfortunately, that hope was crushed in a most dramatic way. But the natural defenses of the site make it probable it was originally founded to control the island's west coast during the period of piracy during the 15th century and later.

The town was attacked and overrun during the Ottoman invasion of 1822. Many of the women of the town threw themselves off of the high cliffs to death to avoid falling into the hands of the Ottomans.

Today the village is completely deserted and in ruins but the overall shape of the settlement is quite well-preserved to give a unique picture of a ghost town surrounded by a wild and rough natural environment.

When you visit and climb to the heights you can use your imagination to see the advancing Turkish troops and to understand the panic and despair of the trapped residents that would force them into unthinkable acts of desperation.

This hallowed place is now a Greek National Monument.

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  • Written Jul 15, 2008
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