They call Ermoupoli "the Queen of the Cyclades" and indisputably it is a very imposing town, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of two high hills. Its name means "the town of Hermes" and it was founded in the beginning of 19 century as an extension to the old village of Ano Syros. The town turned out to be main port of Greece at that time and it developed fast as a commercial and administrative center.

The neoclassical style dominates in the architecture of Ermoupoli, combining elements of the Greek, Italian and French culture. The two hills above Ermoupoli are known as the "Christian quarter" (Vrondado) and the "Catholic quarter" (Ano Syros), each with a church on the top - one Catholic, one Christian. In the past the two quarters were populated by people with the two different religious beliefs but the locals still use these names and even today half of the population on Syros is catholic.

Ermpoupoli is a town where you can find everything and it offers diverse cultural, social and night life with plenty of museums, churches, shops, cafes, hotels, etc. The commercial center is in the lower part of the town, next to the port, and it gets really busy at night. All shops and cafes are set along the promenade and the main square, Miaouli, which pretends to be one of the most beautiful squares of Greece. The two hills are built mainly with houses and you can get lost in the labyrinth of small streets on your way to the top.

There are two parking lots near the port, one municipal (free of charge) and one paid.

highlights: the Queen of the Cyclades, town in Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Photos from Ermoupoli
View to both hills and churchesThe Ermoupoli customsErmoupoliThe Blue Star ferry attaching its first ropeHarbor pierErmoupoliSwimming places behind the pierThe platforms of the main village beachThe harbor roundabout with monumentCafe at the harbor main streetParked scooters at small back street near the harborCafe at the building corridorsThe street connecting the main square and the seaThe City Hall and the Miaoulis squareErmoupoliTiny street near the village centerFlowers, scooters and stone paved streetScooters parked under the flower shadesSmall side streetAll stone and marbleThe Megarion buildingThe blue-green cafe MegarionBeautiful flowers and cobbled streetThe main street just before siestaMain street shops closing for siestaBlue taverna tables in a narrow streetLine up of popular village placesMeat shopFruit and vegetable shop at the market streetCafe with flower shadeThe Miaoulis square at noonHot chocolate with oranges desertIpovrichio (submarine) desertIpovrichio (submarine) desertTiny jar full with jam adorned with the Greek flagOld buildingsErmoupoliErmoupoliThe yellowish buildingsErmoupoliHouses in Neoclassical styleThe cobbled path from Ano Syros to the seaView to Ano Syros and the walk path leading to itAno Syros and the catholic church hillThe orthodox church hillThe port customs and parkingThe orthodox church at nightShip passing through the moon path at nightThe main square at nightView from the main square to the clock and the orthodox churchThe city hall at nightThe main shop street at nightThe street connecting the main square and the seaNight view to Ano Syros, the two hills and churches
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