Visit Ermoupoli on the Island of Syros Greece

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The Greek island of Syros is one of those that perfectly merges modern life with nods to Greece’s ancient past. A small island located in the Cycladic island group, Syros is a beautiful island that is rick in culture and history. Come here when you want a place to relax and see the sites without the crushing tourist crowds.

One of the things that the island is most known for is the fact that the island is filled with traditional villages, and many visitors sense that most of these places have a deep history. Ermoupoli, which is possibly one of the most intriguing villages on Syros, is one of these places. Here’s a look at what to do while visiting Ermoupoli:

Platia Miaouli

In many Greek villages, the square is where life appears to revolve and Platia Miaouli is no exception. Designed by Ernst Ziller, the renowned architect from Saxony, which is now a part of Germany, this square is a fine example of what an urban square should look like. The area has cafes and shops and is an excellent location for strolling and people watching. The town hall is also located here, and the Ermoupoli’s small archaeological museum is located in the town hall. Even if you don’t spend that much time at this square, you’ll want to at least walk through so that you can see what it looks like.

Vaporia District

One thing that Syros is known for, particularly in Ermoupoli, is the fact that there is some wealth here. Those who are wealthy usually made money from from the shipping trade and the buildings located throughout the district often display this wealth. Nowhere is this more evident than at Agios Nicolaos, a Greek Orthodox Church. However, there are also plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes here to spend time at even if you are unable to visit the church.

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos, a Greek Orthodox Christian Church, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Ermoupoli because of its distinct, blue dome and the church’s twin spires. Although the outside does look impressive, it’s the inside of the church that is the most memorable. It’s packed with murals, icons, and artifacts and is a fine example of how the wealthier Greeks often chose to spend their money. This church is located in the Vaporia District.

Apollo Theater

Sure, many theaters in Greece have ancient roots. However, the Apollo Theater isn’t one of those places. Built in the mid 1800’s, this theater is relatively new to the scene compared to other theaters in Greece. There are still plenty of performances that took place here, too, so you can have the pleasure of seeing this theater during a show.

Ermoupoli is enchanting and the first thing you notice while visiting here is how unique the place really is. Perched on the edge of the sea, Ermoupoli is one of those places that seems stately. Because of the wealth generated from the shipping industry, Ermoupoli lives up to this reputation.


Lonely Planet – Ermoupoli

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