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Ios (Chora)

The island's capital is Chora, a typical Cycladic town, with its traditional white houses, especially in the well preserved old part. It sprawls over the hill which dominates Gialos, with its small white houses, windmills, narrow roads, and country churches. At the top of Chora we see the church of Saint Nikolaos surrounded by the ruins of a medieval castle. Down from the castle, on a craggy rock with a panoramic view, is the Byzantine church of the Virgin Marie Gremiotissa, dedicated to the Assumption. The place now occupied by the actual city was the site of the ancient town, of which, nowadays, very little has survived. Between the church of Saint Ekaterini and the small church of the Saints Anargiri, we find the market which was built on the site of the town's ancient agora (marketplace).

This text is cited Feb 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.

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