AGIO GALA (Village) CHIOS
In Village Agio Galas you can find Virgin Mary' church, which is called Panagia Agiogalousena by the local people. It is a church built at the entrance of a cave. Its old carved wooden iconostasis is unique. Two more caves, one larger than the other extend the cave of the church. In the third cave there are numerous stalactites. The cave is very big and has many rooms. You can visit it, but you can only penetrate 200 m. inside it.
Analogism to Agio Galas, in a top of a mountain you can find the desolated village of Agio Giannis . The view is wonderful. You can see the blue of Aigaio.
An abandoned village on the Amanis
slope. Its location is alluring, offering an infinite view of the Aegean
as well as an unforgettable sunset. The homes, basically in ruins, reveal the
architecture of the small, poor village homes of the area. The villagers that
sowed the barren slopes of Amanis
used to say “Spiti oso xoreis kai ktima oso thoreis”, meaning that
their homes were built small, just enough to fit all family members, while they
were to cultivate as much land as they could in order to survive. The ground floor
of the two story homes was used as a stable. There was an inner staircase within
the home, which led to the balcony. That way, both floors could be accessed from
The home interior usually had two rooms. The fireplaces today are still maintained and so are the thick shafts located in the center of the room that served to hold up the roof.
The village was abandoned around 1960.
(text: Giannis Makridakis)
This text is cited December 2003 from the Prefecture of Chios tourist pamphlet (2003).
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