The Northern Aegean Islands

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  • 1. Agios Therapon

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The enormous five-domed post-baroque church of Agios Therapon, completed in 1935, was designed by architect Argyris Adalis, an islander who...Read More

  • 2. Archaeological Museum of Vathi


    Samian sculptures from past millennia were considered among the best in Greece, and examples here show why. The newest wing holds the impressive...Read More

  • 3. Chios Archaeological Museum


    Among classical pottery and sculpture is a letter carved into a stone tablet from Alexander the Great addressed to the Chiotes and dated 332...Read More

  • 4. Kambos District


    In medieval times and later, wealthy Genoese and Greek merchants built ornate, earth-colored, three-story mansions on this fertile plain of...Read More

  • 5. Kastro

    Military Sight

    The pine-covered headland between the bays of Mytilini town supports an ancient castle and fortress, with many intact walls that seem to protect...Read More

  • 6. Kastro


    A 13th-century Byzantine-Genoese fortified castle is a magnetic presence when seen from below, and a drive or walk to the hilltop landmark affords...Read More

  • 7. Koimisis tis Theotokou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This towering church just off the main square was built in 1694 and is embellished with a lavishly decorated portico. ...Read More

  • 8. Mavra Volia


    Famous throughout Greece, this glittering volcanic black-pebbled beach is just next to the attractive seaside village of Emborio, where the...Read More

  • 9. Megalos Taxiarchis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 19th-century church that commands the main square of Mesta (and one of two churches of the same name in the town) is one of the wealthiest...Read More

  • 10. Nea Moni

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Almost hidden among the olive groves, the island's most important monastery—with its finest examples of mosaic art—is the 11th-century Nea Moni...Read More

  • 11. Old Quarter


    An air of mystery pervades this old Muslim and Jewish neighborhood, full of decaying monuments, fountains, baths, and mosques, within the walls...Read More

  • 12. Petrified Forest


    Conifer trees fossilized by volcanic ash up to 20 million years ago stand stark on a hillside above Sigri. If you're expecting a thick woods...Read More

  • 13. The Chios Mastic Museum


    The mastic shrub has dominated Chios life, economy, culture, and destiny for centuries, and its role is explained in depth in well-designed...Read More

  • 14. Acropolis of Eresos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Ancient Eresos crowned a hillside overlooking the sea, and sections of the pre-classical walls, medieval castle ruins, and the AD 5th-century...Read More

  • 15. Agioi Apostoli

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The fresco-embellished 12th-century church Ayioi Apostoli is a very small replica of the katholikon, or major church, at the Nea Moni Monastery...Read More

  • 16. Agios Isidoris


    The beach strip just east of Plomari is backed by low-key hotels and tavernas. Though the setting is hardly remote, the sea washing onto the...Read More

  • 17. Ancient Theater


    This vestige of ancient Mytilini is within a pine grove and freely accessible. One of the largest theaters in ancient Greece is from the Hellenistic...Read More

  • 18. Ano Vathi

    Historic District/Site

    In the quaint 17th-century settlement just above the port, wood-and-plaster houses with pastel facades and red-tile roofs are clustered together...Read More

  • 19. Apothika


    This remote spot, at the end of a well-marked road that leads southeast toward the coast from Mesta, is one of the best beaches on Chios. The...Read More

  • 20. Archaeological Museum of Mytilini


    Superseding the previous neoclassical mansion that housed the old museum, Mytilini's new archaeological museum contains finds from prehistoric...Read More

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