Photographer's Note


Mesta is a well-preserved village-Castle of Byzantine period (14th and 15th centuries). Has become monument and is located 35 kilometres south-west of the town of Chios, in The middle ages this leads back to the centuries with the few changes that it has undergone. Keeps his homes tightly tied to one another to form one solid structure. the roads are cobblestones and narrow. This type of fortress, rectangular and angular structure, built to protect against the frequent incursions of pirates and Turks.
The village is located in a small valley, adendri away from the sea. The exterior walls include adjacent parapet with small towers at the corners and only one port, so if someone look outside the village, the consecutive walls of houses just because they don't have doors and Windows give the impression of the Castle. Even in the corners of the village there were towers. Residents could enter and leave the village only through a door which is currently on the site Under the door. In the Centre of the Village rises the defensive Tower, a type of Citadel which residents were like a shelter in the event of an attack.
The streets are narrow and stone and are linked to the central square. In short distances there are lateral arcades that support structures, as well as the vaults and arcades that support rooms. The operational character of defence supports homes so residents were able to move on roofs without being seen. The shape of the four sides of these homes, the coarse structure, the defensive system, gray walls, small areas for general use and the relation to the treeless, natural surroundings persuade visitors that the medieval villages of Chios were built according to a fixed plan, which probably had been submitted by the Genoese.

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