I’m finally back from my vacation to Chalkidiki, but I still have a few posts to share with you from my trip to Chios. Despite the wedding, and the preparations, we still found enough time to tour the island as much as we could. Day 5 in Chios was dedicated to yet another “road trip”, this time visiting, the church of St.Markella, the villages of Anavatos and Avgonima and finally Nea Moni (New Monastery).
The church of St. Markella in Chios, Greece: ”The holy and glorious Virgin-martyr Markella of Chios (also Marcella) is the patron saint of Chios and was born and lived in the village of Volissos of Chios. Her feast day is celebrated on July 22”. (Source)
Our next stop was the village of Anavatos, which “is built on a conical cliff 450 meters above sea level. The village was abandoned after the slaughters of Chios by Turks in 1822 and in our days it is a national Monument”. (Source) Not many people still live in Anavatos. Most houses are abandoned, although there are a few beautiful renovated houses there.
Climbing to the top calls for comfortable shoes, so the change into flats was required. My heels from my previous post might be the most comfortable ever but nothing beats flat comfortable sandals when you have to do a lot of walking and climbing.
I wore these flats A LOT while I was in Chios! And by the way, this is my Shoe Save #14 for my Shoeper Shoe Challenge by Shoeperwoman.com. Totally forgot to count them when I wore them on a previous post. I’ll have to wear a lot of shoes until the end of the summer in order to save them. With all this travelling/vacation, and with T. being away most of the summer I didn’t get to wear all my summer shoes yet. And there’s no way I’m kissing any of my shoes goodbye.
After Anavatos we traveled to the nearby village of Avgonima. They have almost the same architecture, but Avgonima is bigger and has definitely more population.
Leaving Avgonima behind, we stopped at Nea Moni, on our way to Chios city.
“Nea Moni (New Monastery) is a monument of international significance. The catholicon (main church) is the most important specimen of the insular octagonal domed type of church and is lavishly decorated with marble revetments and mosaics”. (Source).
You can see the mosaics inside the church. See a small sample here.
The marble floor outside the church
I was going to share a few more photos from the monastery with you, but I guess they can be a bit shocking. If you’re curious though you can check out a similar picture here, and read about the massacre of Chios, in 1822.
A few more posts are left about my vacation to Chios. I hope you stay around to read them. And then I can continue with my regular posting and newer posts. Although, I needed that little break to relax, and enjoy my holidays in Chalkidiki last week…
See you soon with a new post!