Take a minute to read some interesting facts about Pyrgi.
🏁 "Xistà" aka Sgrafitto decorative motifs etched in the plaster facades of the house walls everywhere in this Medieval Village @Pyrgi_Village .
[ ξυστά ] It’s truly a beautiful sight to see. I love 💙 it !!!
The look is influenced by Italian architecture, when Chios was under the occupation of the Republic of Genoa & the Franks.
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[ According to some historians ]
Christopher Columbus was Greek as the descendant of a Genoese family from Pyrgi.
Others have shown that he was stationed in Chios before he set off across the Atlantic.
Christopher Columbus lived in Chios, and indeed in Pyrgi, for a time, and the locals can even point out his house.
The name Kolombos is etched onto the lintels above many houses.
A priest by that name traces the origins of his family back 600 years.
He was a descendant of a Genoese family.
Columbus kept two logs on his journey, one real and one false.
The true log used the measurements in Greek leagues and the false in Latin.
The Mastic areas of Chios is known for it’s red color of the earth/dirt.
He signed his name
"Columbus de terra Rubra"
which means of the red earth.
Columbus signature "Xro-Ferens" Christophoros is Greek-Latin/Byzantine.
Possible Truth ?:
Christopher Columbus is said to have written a letter to the Queen of Spain about mastiha.
There are even some scholars who maintain that one motive for his world-changing voyage was to discover another source of this valuable product.