The Northern Aegean Islands Sights


Old Quarter

Old Quarter Review

The Old Quarter is inside the Kastro (castle) fortifications, built in the 10th century by the Byzantines and enlarged in the 14th century by the Genoese Giustiniani family. Under Turkish rule, the Greeks lived outside the wall; the gate was closed daily at sundown. A deep dry moat remains on the western side. Note the old wood-and-plaster houses on the narrow backstreets, typically decorated with latticework and jutting balconies. An air of mystery pervades this old Muslim and Jewish neighborhood, full of decaying monuments, fountains, baths, and mosques.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Chios Town, Chios, 82100
  • Location: Chios Town
Updated: 09-01-2011

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