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A short distance from Vilia, there are the ruins of another village called "Paleochori" or "Paliochori". For Paleochori there are vague elements in the local tradition. A first version of the tradition is that Paleochori was destroyed by pirates who entered the village, set it on fire, captured the inhabitants and took them to  Calabria  of  Italy  to sell them as slaves. The few Paleochorites that survived built today's Vilia around 1230 AD. The second version is that the pirates entered the village around 1783 AD, the time of  Turkish occupation  (when pirate raids by Tunisians, Sicilians, Venetians, Corsicans, Algerians, Genoese, Turks, and even Greek islanders were on the rise), they abducted and sold the inhabitants of Calabria. The people of Vilio learned of the incident from the few Paleochorites who were saved because they were missing away with their herds. These few inhabitants who were saved from the abduction, took refuge in Vilia. Ruins are preserved from Paleochori today, as well as the church of Agios Georgios.

It is interesting that in  Souli of Thesprotia , among the first twelve villages that were created, there are Alpochori, Paliochori and Vilia, place names that also exist in Vilia, Attica

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