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The unusual decorated town of Pyrgi on the Greek Island of Chios which is adjacent to the west Turkish coast, around Cesme and Izmir. From http://www.chiosonline.gr/pyrgi.asp

"At Pyrgi and Lithi, one sees scraped designs called Xysta on the facades of the houses. This is a technique of hand-engraving geometric motifs in black and white on plaster. It is based on plastering-sand being applied to the wall, carefully painted white, then scraped with the designs. These Xysta, reminiscent of the Italian Sgraffito, a form of decoration which stems from Genoa, has made the town of Pyrgi unique."

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