Syros or Siros or Syra is a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea with area 84 sq. km. Located in the middle of the archipelago of the Cyclades and Ermoupoli is the capital of the island .
Syros has a completely separate nature from the other Cycladic islands thanks to the excellent Neoclassical architecture. The island is offered for holiday all year and not necessarily only in summer.
The Syra is found in the central point of Cyclades and as it is proved by the archaeological researches, first accommodated in the prehistoric season, (4.000 p.H.) and later at the ProtoKikladiki period (3.000 eg). The first historical report becomes from Omiros that he reports the island as “Syrii” and he called it from then as “dipolis”, which means that it had two cities: the Posidonias and the Foniki. The first residents of island were Finician, thats why the name Syra that emanates from the “Oysyra” (happy) or the “Syr” (rock).
Ancient Ermoupoli build from Iones, and later was lived from Persians conquerors, Romen, Franks and Turks, which left each one his own cultural stain. Those however that stamped with their presence the island were the Venetians, that they made Syros an important commercial centre of Eastern Mediterranean. The fury of however pirates, with the time forced the residents to transport the capital in the hill, there that today dominates the medieval settlement of Ano Syra, with his church Saint George. When the island devolved to the sovereignty of Frenches, Ano Syra was lived from kapoukinous that founded a small abbey that functions until today.
The big however economic blossoming of Ermoupolis came afterwards the revolution 1821, when a team of refugees from the Psara, Chio, Crete and the Asia Minor, they installed here their naval and commercial activities. The period of acne kept up to the beginning of the 20th century.
Today, the glamour of past is reflected in the important architectural monuments of passed centuries, but also in the riches and artistic events “Ermoupoleia” that is organised each year in the dues June.
The island of Syros has important variety of attractions. Same of witch are Apollon Theater,Archeological Museum of Syros, Markos Vamvakaris Museum of Syros, Miaouli Square, The Indactrial Museum of Hermoupolis, The Minicipal Labrary of Hermoupolis The Old Harboun. Also trere are many churches as Anastasi Tamble, Saint George Cathedlar and Saint Nikolaos Temble.
Syros is popular for traditional products such as chalva-pie, Syro’s loykoymi , with honey from Syros and fresh almond. “San Michalis” cheese is another local product made from local milk from animals that graze in the northern side and specifically in San Michalis. Also Syros produces traditional syriano sausage with pork, salt, pepper, herbs and fennel.