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A lively state sparkles under the Aegean sun. The past, the present and the future seem to coexist harmoniously in the marble-paved streets with the imposing mansions. Ermoupoli was created by refugees who came from Izmir, Chios, Psara, Kasos and Crete in the 1820s. At that time the port had few buildings. The first church that was built was Metamorfosi and then districts were created according to the place of the refugees’ origin (Hydreika, Vrontado, Psariana). The name it was given means city of Hermes, due to the growth of the trade.
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Ano Syros

The hill where Ano Syros stretches with San Tzortzis at its top is located right across the hill of Ermoupoli. It has been declared a protected historic settlement and its tightly ‘hugged’ houses retain the Cycladic charm. As it is clear of cars, you will often see mules or donkeys moving as they transfer the goods. You can enter through Kamara (or lower end), the upper end slightly higher or Portara which was the main gate to the castle leading to the district of Skali (birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris). The settlement is characterized by the paved or cobbled alleys, the roofed passageways (“stegadia”), the “portopoules” (balconies with no terrace). Its centre is “piazza” and the most impressive attraction is the church of Agios Georgios (San Tzortzis) with a high wall on the eastern side and natural fortification in the northwest.
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