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Mesta Village | Chios | Step into a Medieval Time Capsule and Discover its Enchanting Secrets

Updated: Mar 6


George P. Papadellis | SG Head

with some good tips from AI

Mesta, located 35 Km south west of Chios town at an altitude of 120 m, is one of the Mastic Villages (Pyrgi, Armolia, Olympi, Emporios and more), the group of villages in South Chios where main activity is the cultivation of mastic (have been added in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO). Mesta is a true gem waiting to be discovered. Built in the 14th century, the village is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and unique layout. The village is surrounded by a defensive wall, and the streets are narrow and maze-like, creating an enchanting atmosphere. Here, visitors can experience traditional Greek hospitality, indulge in local delicacies, and explore the ancient history and culture of the region. In this article, we are taking a closer look at the beauty of Mesta village and all it has to offer.

Mesta Village Chios

Road Junction of Mesta Village | Photo by: nejdetduzen

Medieval Architecture

Mesta village is a fascinating example of medieval architecture. Its defensive wall is 5 meters high and 1.5 meters thick, and the narrow streets and buildings inside the village are made of stone. The village's layout is designed to confuse and deter intruders, with many twists and turns, dead-ends, and secret passages. This defensive structure was essential during the Middle Ages when the island of Chios was under constant threat from pirates and invaders.

The Church of Taxiarhes

One of the most impressive buildings in Mesta village is the Church of the Taxiarhes, located at the center of the village. The church was built in the 14th century and is dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The church's interior is adorned with beautiful frescoes and icons, creating a peaceful and serene atmosphere. Visitors can attend mass and participate in religious ceremonies or simply admire the beauty of this ancient church.

Medieval Mesta Village Chios  |  Shiny Greece

Medieval Mesta Village Chios | Photo by: Flioukas, Μesaionika Mesta, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mesta Delicacies

Mesta village is also known for its excellent food and drinks. The village has several taverns and cafes where visitors can try traditional Greek dishes, such as souvlaki, tzatziki, and moussaka. The local wine, made from the grape variety "Mavrotragano" is a must-try. The grape is grown exclusively on the island of Chios and produces a unique and flavorful wine that pairs perfectly with local cuisine.

The Surroundings

Mesta village is a great starting point for exploring the surrounding area of Chios. Visitors can take a short drive to the nearby beaches of Mavra Volia, Komi, and Emporios, which offer crystal clear waters and stunning views. The nearby villages of Pyrgi, Olympi, and Anavatos also offer unique historical and cultural experiences.

Narrow Passage in Mesta Village Chios  |  Shiny Greece

Narrow Passage in Mesta Village Chios | Photo by: Tash1000, Mesta B, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 4.0

Charming and Authentic

Mesta village in Chios is a charming and authentic destination that offers visitors a glimpse into the medieval history and culture of Greece. The village's unique layout and architecture, combined with excellent food, wine, and hospitality, make it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Chios. Whether you are interested in history, religion, or simply looking for a relaxing holiday, Mesta village has something to offer for everyone. So, pack your bags, and come discover the beauty of Mesta village!


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Apr 09
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The best preserved medieval fortress village. Get lost in the narrow streets and look for the gates and towers!! 🤓


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