Another beautiful castle-village, Olympi, of the 14th century is located nearby Pyrgi. The earthquake that shook the island in 1881 left the medieval constructions of the village intact and, therefore, the visitors can wander around the same shady archways and the narrow cobblestone pavements among the tall buildings organized like a fortress. One can access the village through its unique entrance, Kato Porta, since the houses built circumferentially next to each other had no exterior openings forming a "closed" castle, which protected the inhabitants from the raids. The 20m high stone tower, located in the center of the village, was also used as a shelter. It is an illustrative architectural example, which was probably built by the Genoans, and is the most well-preserved tower on the island. The oblong building of the Olympi Bank is also well-preserved with its dark-fired windows and its arcuate door attracting the visitor. In Olympi, you will taste the local celebrated wine and if you find yourself there on Kathara Deftera (Ash Monday), you will experience the Agas custom, the satirical revival of a trial during the Ottoman Empire. The homonym Cave is located within close distance from the village. It was explored in 1985 and has an opulent and impressive decor.
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