In Syros, churches seem to be nearly as abundant as bars are in Mykonos! Strolling around the narrow alleys of beautiful Syros, visitors can admire many fine Catholic and Orthodox churches. Let’s explore the highlights.
Kimisi tis Theotokou (Assumption of Virgin Mary)
Located close to the main harbor, this Orthodox church hosts an icon of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, one of the earliest masterpieces of painter El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos).
Agios Georgios (Saint George)
The Catholic Cathedral of Syros is one of the oldest churches on the island and hosts one of the three pipe organs in Greece. Located on the top of Ano Syros hill.
Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas)
Saint Nicolas is the Patron Saint of Hermoupolis and protector of seafarers. Located in Vaporia area of Hermoupolis, the church of Saint Nicolas ‘the rich’ is an Orthodox church meant to be the ‘Parthenon of Christianity’, as it blends elements of the classical Parthenon on the Acropolis and Christian architecture.
Agios Athanassios (Saint Athanassios)
At the foot of Ano Syros hill, this Orthodox church lies on a rocky outcrop. Below it, there is a fresh water spring in the shade of long-living plane trees!
Metamorphosi tou Sotiros (Transfiguration of the Savior)
The Orthodox Cathedral of Syros is the oldest church in Hermoupolis. It is decorated with a pebbled-paved court yard where the name of the new town, “Hermoupolis”, was conceived by its settlers. It is located behind the main square.
Agios Stefanos (Saint Stephen)
A Catholic chapel in a cave, in the area of Galissas. Legend has that it was built by a fisherman called Stephen, in honour of Saint Stephen who saved him from a giant octopus!