Mestà, Chios - 1 -
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<Location> South Chios (Mastichochoria)
Mestá, together with Pyrgí, is the most visited and famous of the Mastic villages, but this is the best preserved.
The origin of the village dates back to the Byzantine era, and later the Genuans fortified it better.
The narrow, winding and often arched streets (above and right) are caracteristic of this village.
Even today, Mestá is closed with the walls of the houses and its access is limited to six gates (one of them on the third page). In the photo left, the cream-coloured plate on the wall indicates the direction of the entrance.
This is the wall painting that we found having just entred the village.
Again, this is one of the narrow street; the wall to the right has a characteristic decoration with arches.
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- Chios, Oinousses, Psara, Koropi/ Michael Toubis Publications, 1997, pp. 91-93.
- Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London/ A&C Black, 2001 (revised reprint of the 1995 sixth edition), pp. 694.
- Marc Dubin, The Dodecanese and the East Aegean Islands (Rough Guides), London/ Penguin 2002, pp. 362-363.