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Mesta is a village on the Greek island of Chios.


Built as a fort to ward off raiding pirates, the village has been remarkably preserved. The narrow maze-like streets are surrounded by thick walls, and towers on surrounding hills could be used to signal the appearance of raiders. The current church of the Archangels towers over the village, and has a remarkable history and beautiful iconography. The old church of the archangels (Taxiarchis) has a carved-wood icon stand that is well-preserved and can be visited (ask for someone to bring the key from the town square).

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The village is served numerous times daily by municipal bus (KTEL/ΚΤΕΛ) from the main city (Hora) of the island.

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Apart from the village itself, the surrounding area has many great beaches.

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  • To Mestousiko, Mesta, Chios (East of the main square), 76458. Daily 10:00 to 23:00 (or later). Small grill with outdoor seating, run by George and Marina Pannadi year-round. The menu has traditional Greek mezedes (appetizers), grilled sandwiches, souvlaki, steaks, chops, Greek (horiatiki) salads, and other local specialties. Located a block from the town square directly behind the new church of Taxiarchis (Archangels). Internet access available for customers. To reach the restaurant from the bus stop, walk to the right and turn into the first alley. When you see the church, turn right. in expensive.  edit

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