Old Chios Town and Karyes!
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June 23rd, 2010 – by: JP-NED
The island has a population of approximately 55.000. Half of them live in and around Chios town. Because of the university, which is housed in a beautiful building in the centre, a lot of the citizens are young of age. The Prokimea, a long boulevard along the harbor, is a popular hangout for people of all ages. Many hip bars and traditional taverns make it a lively place, day and night. There is a frequent schedule of ferryboats coming from and going to Lesvos and Pireas and to the opposite side namely Cesme in Turkey.
Inside the old town’s walls, the Kastro, one can still find some remains of the Genoese and Turkish occupations.
At the city square, the Platia, the old mosque with its tall minaret also reminds us of the Turkish occupation, which lasted almost 400 years. Nowadays it serves the Byzantine museum.
The Korais Library was built in 1884 and is one of Greece’s most important libraries. Besides an exceptional collection of historical books and paintings, there is a museum on the second floor with local costumes and old tools. The Archeological Museum of Chios is well taken care of and is situated next to the city’s university.
Karyes is a beautiful amphitheatrically built village, 6 Km in the northwest of the town of Chios. In the village there is plenty of cool water. In the center of the village, 10 minutes by bus or taxi from Chios town, under the coolness of the plane and walnut trees the visitors can enjoy the local delicacies along with ouzo or drink a Greek coffee. The festivals of the Churches of Theotokos and of St. Marcella during the summer are always crowed. The residents are breeders, merchants, construction workers and civil servants. There are also lots of immigrants who never forget their home town. There are 700 residents in Karyes.
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