Syros Island is another gorgeous Cyclades Island situated in the Aegean Sea. It is not, however, a typical Cyclades Island with respects to its architecture when compared to others. Instead, Syros has other influences, although there also some similarities, like modest white houses. This is one aspect that makes this island unique. Other Syros Island tourist attractions will serve to create wonderful memories for all who visit.
Syros Island Siteseeing
Ermoupoli or Hermopolis is known as the City of Hermes and is the capital city of this island. The town square, Miaoulis Square is home to numerous cafes and palm trees frequented by locals and tourists alike. Vaporia quarter has narrow streets lined with beautiful neo-classical mansions.
Syros is also known for its numerous seaside chapels and magical sunsets, making it one of the most popular Greek Island wedding venues.
Syros Island tourist attractions, while in Ermoupoli are several. Before or after relaxing while enjoying a coffee at one of the many cafes of the Town Square, be sure to visit the Town Hall of Ermoupolis. Built in 1876, it boasts a hanging marble ladder leading to the first floor, amidst its central area that is completely constructed of marble. It is also host to the Archaeological Museum of Syros so impressive as a structure that it is one of the most beautiful Town Halls of all of Greece.
Opened in 1834, it is one of the oldest museums of the entire country. Originally, it was host to archaeological findings from all the Cyclades Islands. Since each island now has its own local museum, today the Archaeological Museum of Syros now hosts local exhibits, as well as those from Kythnos and Amorgos. The exhibits date back to the 3rd millennium BCE, or the early Cycladic Period, but also some 600 significant findings from Hellenistic graves.
The Apollo Municipal Theatre of Ermoupolis was the first opera house in the country and is located in Miaouli Square. The two-story structure is constructed of limestone and white marble and is considered a replica of the famous La Scala di Milan.
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Ermouplois considered one of the most notable churches of the city. It houses El Greco’s holy icon of the Virgin Mary.
Vaporia Quarter Syros Island
Vaporia is a quarter in the city of Ermoupolis known for its beauty. It is quite possibly the most picturesque area of the Syros Island. Its paved paths lined with elegant neoclassical mansions and arches make it a must to visit. Many of these homes are adorned with frescoes on their walls and ceilings. The houses in this quarter were once owned by captains and rich ship owners, with some of them having been reinvented as Syros luxury hotels.
Ano Syros is a town built in the 13th century by the Venetians and, therefore, has a medieval flair to it. While most of Ano Syros is, for the most part, accessible by car, it is known for its numerous marble steps that provide access to the homes and narrow streets right to its peak.The Catholic Cathedral of Saint George offers visitors incredible panoramic views of Syros and many neighboring islands, including Mykonos, Paros, and Naxos.
The Museum of Markos Vamvakaris in Ano Syros is a tribute to a leading personality in Greek folklore music known as rebetiko music that was popular in the 1930s. The museum exhibits many of the artists’ personal belongings, souvenirs, and other interesting finds of the legend.