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Gulet Charter Syros

Syros Gulet Charter Guide

“Syros Island has been called «Lady of the Cyclades» and «nymph of the Aegean Sea”. It is the homeland of Ferekydis, an ancient Greek philosopher, teacher of Pythagoras. In the Neolithic Age, Syros was one of the most important islands of the Cycladic civilisation. In the 13th century the Venetians took the island over.

The mediaeval town, built on a hill overlooking the port, its founding and everyday life structure have had a leading impact on the island’s history to this very day. During the Turkish occupation, many persecuted people from nearby islands took refuge here. In the late 19th century, the island experienced an unprecedented growth: the construction of boatyards, trading stations and factories, made Syros one of the most frequently visited islands of the Aegean, and Ermoupoli became the hub of island life. Area: 84 sq. km, coastline: 87 km, population: 19,800.

Ermoupoli has been named after the ancient Greek god Hermes. It is the island’s capital town and the administrative capital of all the Cyclades islands. This is one of the most beautiful Greek towns (12,000 residents), with many wonderful neoclassical buildings and a particular architectural style influenced by the 19th century western standards.

It has been built in an amphitheatrical arrangement on the hill overlooking the Aegean. The largest part of it was built after the 1821 Greek Independence War, by refugees who came from Chios, Psara, Kassos, Kydonia and Smyrna. During that time it became densely populated and evolved into an important commercial and manufacturing centre. In addition to that, and as a result of its geographical location and the financial boom it experienced, its port became an important trading and maritime hub of the newly created Greek state during the 19th century.

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