All 10 Ios Sightseeing
Here are all the Ios sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Ios, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.
All sightseeing in Ios
This church is located in Chora and has been built on the remains of the ancient temple of Pythian Apollo, as archaeologists believe. Agia Ekaterini is a whitewashed church with an austere and elegant interior.
There are visible remains of a tower from the Hellenistic period and traces of an ancient aqueduct near the hill. There are also two water tanks called Tholo and Tholaki from the Frankish period.
The Archaeological Museum of Ios is located in the centre of Chora and it is housed in Amiradakio Megaron, of Neoclassical style. It exposes various archaeological findings excavated on Ios, so visitors will see interesting prehistoric tools, Cycladic objects and figurines.
Dominating the centre of Hora, the Cathedral of Ios is an imposing church painted in blue and white, the traditional Cycladic colours. Its interior is beautifully decorated and has fine icons.
Above the bay of Kolitsani, in a walking distance from Chora, there is the private Museum of Modern Art. It hosts the collection of the French writer and documentary maker Jean-Marie Drot.
This open theatre close to Chora was named after the Nobel-winner Greek poet, Odysseas Elytis. Many cultural events on Ios, such as music concerts, theatre festivals and performances in summer take place there. This was the favourite spot of Elytis on Ios because of the breathtaking vew it offers.
According to the myth, at the end of his life, Homer returned to the homeland of his mother and died there. Scientists believe that his tomb is located on the northern side of the island but the site is almost abandoned today.
Today there is nothing but few remains of the Venetian Castle of Ios in the region of Paleokastro, between Agia Theodoti and Psathi. The castle had visual contact with Apalyros Castle in Naxos and helped to control the inner area.
The church of Virgin Mary Gremiotissa is the trademark of the island. It stands on a high hill above Chora and distinguishes for the palm tree on its side.
The windmills on a hill above Chora are not in use today. However, they have been restored today and stand today as samples of traditional Cycladic architecture.
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