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This is the campanile of the "Megalos (big) Taxiarhis", the biggest church in Mesta, the best preserved medieval village in the island of Hios. It is called "Megalos" to distinguish from the older church called "Taxiarhis" (where you can see a carven iconoxtasis of extreme beauty- the best in Greece). What amazes the visitor in Mesta is that the village is exactly in the same condition as 500 years ago. This village was built at the inland of the island by the Genovese in order to avoid attacks from the pirates. It is built like a huge castle where the outside walls of the houses of the outer circle are like the walls of a fortress. Every neighbourhood, every "block" of the village and also every house of the village is like a castle of its own, with its own autarchy. In case of great emergency, as a last refuge, there was a big tower in the centre of the village, where the people could reach by passing from one roof to the other using special passages. You can walk from the one side of the village to the other without ever having to put your feet on the ground.

*I used the DRI Method for this one.

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