Chios Mas­tic

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The Chios Mas­tic Mu­seum re­veals how cul­ti­va­tion of the Pista­cia lentis­cus chia tree has shaped the is­land’s econ­omy, ar­chi­tec­ture and cus­toms while also show­cas­ing its dif­fer­ent uses. Unique to Chios, the tree is the source of gum mas­tic, a key source of wealth for the is­land since Byzantine times, when the trees were owned ex­clu­sively by the em­peror. The mu­seum is open ev­ery day ex­cept Tues­days and hol­i­days be­tween 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The stan­dard en­trance fee is 3 eu­ros while ad­mis­sion is free to un­der-18s and over-65s. Rachi (Tepeki), Pyrgi, tel 227.107.2212

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