Syros Churches

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Guide to churches in Syros island, Greece

Syros is the center of Cyclades and one of the island of Greece where Christians and Catholics coexist in harmony. The island boasts numerous churches from both religions, scattered in Ano Syros and the surrounded villages. One of the most interesting religious sites is the church of Metamorphosis, the first church of Ermoupolis, the island's capital. The entire complex is a sightseeing itself, open to the public, with marble columns, beautiful icons and impressive wood carving work.

Right at the main square of Ermoupolis stands the church of Koimisis tis Theotokou (Dormition of the Virgin), opposite the town Hall and is famous for housing one of the masterpieces of religious art made by the well-known painter El Greco. It is built between 1828 and 1829, the second oldest church of Syros.The Orthodox churches of Agios Dimitrios and Agios Nikolaos can be seen from the port and on top of Vrodado hill lies the the 19th century Church of the Assumption. It offers a splendid view to the neighbouring island of Tinos and Mykonos.

The catholic aspect of Syros is equally interesting with some beautiful religious sites standing in the heart of the city and the nearby villages. Among the most important is the Cathedral of Saint George located in the Venetian town of Ano Syros. It was founded on top of a hill around 1200 AD and it is the Metropolis of the Catholics since 1952. This town is also home to the Jesuit Monastery, founded in 1744. It is known for its valuable library including thousands of books and ancient inscriptions and the church of Panagia Kamilos located within its premises. Close to the catholic cathedral lies the historic Capuchin Monastery.

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List of most beautiful churches

Church of Resurrection
Location: Ermoupolis
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The wonderful Church of Resurrection was built in 1870 on top of Vrodado Hill, above Ermoupolis and offers a terrific view of the neighbouring islands of Tinos and Mykonos.


Church of Agios Nikolaos
Location: Ermoupolis
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The church of Agios Nikolaos is located close to the port of Ermoupolis. This impressive church was built in the 19th century and it has two tall bell towers.


Church of the Assumption
Location: Ermoupolis
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The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is among the most important churches of Ermoupolis. Inside, it has a holy icon of Virgin Mary, made by the famous painter El Greco.


Location: Ano Syros

The Monastery of the Jesuits is located in Ano Syros and works since the 18th century. Today it hosts a valuable library and its two nuns are followers of Saint Clara.


Location: Ano Syros

Located near the wonderful cathedral of Agios Georgios, the Jesuit Monastery of Agios Ioannis (Saint Jean) was founded in 1535 to help the poor. It obtained its present appearance in 1852. It houses some beautiful icons, ancient inscriptions, various objects of worship and an important library of 6000 old books and manuscripts.


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