Pyrgi was named after the central tower which is still well-preserved, is the
largest and for many, the most important village in Chios. It is also called the
"painted" village due to the unique architectural designs known as "xysta"
(facade decorations comprised of geometric and natural motifs) which are clearly
evident even today. Pyrgi is a medieval village with stone houses connected together,
beautiful balconies decorated with xysta and small, sun-dried tomatoes hanging
from the balconies. The village is comprised of narrow streets, geometrically
designed wall embellishments and remarkable churches. These are vital features
that compose the village's character.