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About Chorto...

Chorto is found 46 kilometres south-east from city of Volos (320 km from Athens). And it is between Argalasti and Milina (3 km).

The access to the place is feasible by road (about 40 minutes from the capital of Magnesia state). The trip from Volos to Chorto gives the opportunity to meet beautiful landscapes.

From Chiron to today

Pelion is a mountain with unparalleled beauty, it is the home of the mythical teacher Chiron and the residence of centaurs which were born after the union of Ifionas and Nephele. Moreover, it is the root of the homeric Filoktites and the home of famous teachers, such as Gregorios Constantas, Daniil Philipides and Anthimos Gazis.

On the top of Pelion, Achilles was born by Peleus and Thetis and this was the place where he passed his childhood. At Pelion, the wise Chiron taught Asklepios and Jason.

The etymology of the name probably comes from the Egyptian word Pilousio and it was given to the mountain of Magnesia from pre-Greeks, who came from the southeastern Mediterranean sea. However,  it may comes from the Illirian word pil, which means forest.

Within this wooded mountain, the tradition places the glorious ceremony of marriage of Peleus with Thetis. All the gods of Olympus were invited to the marriage. In addition the nine Muses and Apollo were contributing to the ceremony with their songs.

Pausanias mentions that Minyes (1.400-1.200 BC) had as their base the Iolkos. When Pelias was the king of Iolkos, he constructed the Argo by using tree trunks from Pelion. The Argo sailed from the shores of the  Pagassetic Gulf to the Black Sea. The Argonautica with Jason as leader and  companions the most important heroes of that era, the Hercules, the Theseus, the Telamon, the Castor, the Polydefkis, the Peleus and  other. Argonautica recorded as the first effort of colonial expansion of the Hellenism.

The visible remains of yesterday, the historical evidence and the oral tradition talk to us about the past and argued that the present beautiful bay of Chorto was the port of homeric Spalafthron, in ancient times.

Later, in the Vyzantine era, when the place was named Chortocastro, it seems that it had maintained evidence from its past development, because the ruins of a church from the pre-christian years are saved till now at Pyrgos. Moreover, the Church of St. Nicholas is built on ruins of the temple.
In Argalasti (where Chorto belongs), it was found that old-vyzantine great civilization was developed in the 5th and 6th century AD and that culture has roots in the Greek and Roman times.
The opinion that the place was inhabited, it is now more strength after the discovery of the temple at the foot of the hill of Pyrgos, during work on the widening of the road Chorto-Milina.
In the medieval years, the area inhabited by the Latins and Catalans. According to the archaeologist Nicholas Giannopoulos the city Ladi was found in the current position of Chorto.

The name Chortos (it is the proper name of Chorto) was given to the village later. The place-name of the Chortos may comes from past years back to the Venetian period. The word chortus means fenced garden because when watching from hight, the fertile plain looks like a garden, sheltered by the hills of Panagia, Metohi and Lafkos.
The Chorto was always Argalasti's seaport. The boats were loaded with products (figs, olive oil, olives, etc.) from the local area and went abroad to ports.
In recent years the cultural events are many more and a reference point for the inhabitants of the wider region and for the thousands of visitors. Every year, especially summer concerts, seminars, conferences take place and several painters and sculptors present their works. The events in the city are organized with the contribution of the Angelina's Foundation.