Oinousses

In the east of Chios Island, opposite Lagada village lies the insular grid of Oinousses. The island’s picturesque town, Aignousa, is built amphitheatrically on a steep hill. Its characteristics are the narrow paved streets and the traditional luxurious houses.

Summertime is the busiest period for the island, since a lot of people who come from Oinousses but live abroad or in Athens return for the summer holidays. Oinousses is the island from which a lot of shipping families come.

There are a lot of churches and chapels in Oinousses. The church that stands out though, is the beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicolas). The Evaggelismos monastery lies three kilometers north-west from the town. The monastery was built by two shipping families in 1962, following the byzantine architectural rhythm. Its unique iconography is the work of the famous Greek hagiographer Fotis Kondoglou.