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ANO SYROS (Small town) SYROS
  The village of Ano Syros, built on top of a hill, is a fine example of a typical Mediterranean township.
  Dating back to about 1.200 A.D., it is the first settlement on the island. Because of the need to protect themselves against pirate attacks, the islanders naturally chose the site for their villages with their best chances of survival in mind. Along the centuries, people constructed their houses in such a way (one practically on top of the other) as to create a virtual fortress to protect them from their enemies.
  Apano Chora, as Ano Syros is called by the locals, offers a splendid view. This a very well preserved Mediterranean village, with all its traditional architectural features still intact. It is a labyrinth of narrow, winding alleys linked by whitewashed stairs and archways. These, along with tiny, flower-filled courtyards, balconies and doors of carved wood, characterise its architecture. There is a Catholic church or monastery around almost every corner of Apano Chora. The architecture of Ano Syros has nothing in common with that of neoclassical Hermoupolis. Despite their proximity, they are two different worlds.

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

Traditional settlements


  Piatsa is the centre of Ano Syros. Here, one finds taverns, shops, exhibition-galleries, etc. Lately, Piatsa has seen an increase in shops and places for entertainment, particulary of the musical kind. It is the site of the bronze bust of Markos Vamvakaris, and it still is the most lively part of the village, thus attracting many visitors. This is the place for visitors who wish to combine sightseeing with a sampling of the excellent local specialities while enjoying the magic atmosphere of the island. Within its perimeters, one can find the Town Hall of Ano Syros, the Historical Archives, the Folk Art Museum and the Cultural Centre.

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

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