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Town Village Kythira: Chora is the capital of Kythira, built on the southern tip of the island, on a high hill overlooking the stunning beach of Kapsali.
The lovely settlement is dominated by a Venetian castle built in 1503 on top of the hill above Chora. Within the castle are preserved ruins of Venetians buildings and 21 Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches with really nice iconostasis and frescoes. Beautiful houses encircle the medieval site offering a breathtaking view towards the picturesque Kapsali and Filoti bay.
The traditional layout of Kythira consists of elegant Venetian mansions and old buildings lining its narrow streets. Whitewashed houses and old castle buildings built under the British rule and during the Venetian period co-exist peacefully and compose a striking image that attract many visitors.
In the quiet central square of Chora there is a bank, telephone centre, post office, police station and a nice choice of rooms and apartments. Well-hidden souvenir shops are found along the quaint alleys. A stroll around the town can be a fascinating experience. It is really worth seeing the old stone built churches, the magnificent buildings and the delightful gardens that adorn the entire settlement of Chora. Along the waterfront you will find a nice choice of fish taverns and excellent restaurants facing the port of Kythira.
For those interested in the history of the island you shall visit the Archaeological Museum located at the entrance of Chora and the Historical Archives of Kythira which is found right at the castle.
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