Although Syros is one of the many Greek islands in the Cyclades, it looks considerably different from its peers. Most Cycladic islands are well-known for a distinctive style of architecture that predominantly consists of whitewashed cubic houses, pristine windmills, cobblestone streets, and blue-domed churches.
But Syros does not have these distinguishing features. Instead, the island has its own unique architectural style that seamlessly merges elements from ancient Greece and Western Europe.
The entire island exudes an aura of neoclassical romance, with elegant Medieval-style buildings that hearken back to a bygone era. And the Venetian mansions lining the streets of Hermoupolis, the capital of the island, are beautiful reminders of a time that was both glamorous and affluent.
Hermoupolis, named after the god Hermes, was once an incredibly prosperous and cosmopolitan city. Though these days are in the past, its rich legacy continues to live on through the city’s neoclassical architecture. Throughout the years, architects from all over Europe convened to build the ancient mansions, marble paved streets, imposing marble square, grandiose churches, and superb monuments that can still be seen today in Hermoupolis.
Travelers can stroll the romantic streets and picturesque neighborhoods to discover images and experiences from the grand history of Syros. From the magnificent Town Hall building, the marble relief panels depicting Apollo and the Nine Muses in Miaouli Square, the Apollo Theater, the mansions in Vaporio, and the assorted beautiful Orthodox and Catholic churches, there is no shortage of architectural marvels for tourists to feast their eyes upon.
In fact, the architecture on this island is so stunning that Eleftherios Venizelos, the former Prime Minister of Greece, once declared that “Greece was reborn in Hermoupolis.”
Discover the breathtaking architecture of Syros for yourself.