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*MUNICIPALITY OF AGHIOS MINAS

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The Municipality of Agios Minas lies 7,5 klm south to the capital city of Chios Island, next to the lowland's plots facing the coast of Asia Minor. The municipality acquired its name from the historical abbey of Aghios Minas, where during the Easter of 1822, the Turks massacred 3.000 women and children. Also, it comprises of the villages of Thymiana and Neochori, the coastal settlements of Karfas, Aghia Ermioni, Megas Limnionas and Aghias Fotinis.

The most cosmopolitan area of Chios, the municipality boasts a large number of top-quality tourist accommodations, but also quiet corners and a lush natural environment attracting many visitors each year.

The head-village Thymiana, renowned for quarrying the famous Thymiana stone used in building and embellishing the homes, mansions and churches of the island, the nearby islands and the towns along the coastline of neighboring Asia Minor. The Byzantine Church of Agios Efstratios is an imposing landmark in the centre of the village.

South of Thymiana, the cobble-stone alleys of Neochori are lined with stone-built houses forming cozy neighborhoods with small roads leading to the paved square of the village.

The beaches of the municipality are ideal for swimming, especially at the shallow waters of Karfas, a coastal area with smooth sand, at the picturesque leeward bay of Megas Limnionas and at the pebble beach of Aghias Fotinis. Those who prefer lonelier places and more private moments, may choose the picturesque port of Aghias Ermionis, an oasis away from the crowd, just a few minutes from the area of Kerameion with the reddish pebbles.

The area is rich in tradition and legends, kept alive by the residents up to date. At the Thymiana village the habitants reenact the "MOSTRA", a custom dating back to the centuries. The last Friday of Carnival, the local youth dress up in disguises, hide their faces with masks and hold wood sticks, agricultural tools, etc., in order to reenact the battle and victory of the locals against the pirates who attacked the village some thousands years ago. Accompanied by traditional musical instruments, named "toubia" and "pagiavlia", they perform the war dance "TALIMI". The Sunday of Tyros (known as "Tyrini" Sunday) the local youth, dressed in local traditional clothes, after the morning mass at the churches of Aghios Dimitrios Ktiston and Aghios Ioannis Stenakouson, dance the "TALIMI" all the way to the centre of the village and, at the end of the ritual, they perform the dance called "DETO", the dance of victory, outside the church of Aghios Efstratios where they also tie the flags and the banner symbols of the churches. Today, "MOSTRA" is enriched with contemporary Carnival elements, combining in the most ideal way the tradition with the contemporary way of entertainment.

 
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