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Syros - Ano Syros Ano Syros
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Syros - Ermoupoli Ermoupoli
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Syros - Miaoulis Square Miaoulis Square
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Syros - Archaeological Museum of Syros Archaeological Museum of Syros
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Syros - Galissas Galissas
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Syros - Beaches of Syros Beaches of Syros
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Syros - Local products and flavors of Syros Local products and flavors of Syros
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Syros - Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis
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Syros - Markos Vamvakaris Museum Markos Vamvakaris Museum
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Syros - Easter in Syros Easter in Syros
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Population: 19.782
Description: Syros is the capital and the most populated island of Cyclades. Also known as Syra, it is located in the center of the Aegean archipelago. With a rich history since prehistoric times, Syros has a parallel history with the other islands of the Cyclades until the 19th century where it flourished and became a very important commercial center. A landmark in the island's history was the founding of Ermoypoli which is the main town, a port that was build during the Revolution of 1821 by refugees from Chios, Samos, Kydonies, Rhodes and Kaso, who found refuge here because of the privileges conceded by the Sultan of the Ottoman empire to Syros. Very soon Ermoypoli stood as a modern urban center and also the biggest industrial and commercial center in Greece. Its citizens, most of them affluent and educated, gave their city a spiritual radiation unprecedented for its time. With the development of the port of Piraeus and the opening of the Corinth Canal, the port of Syros lost strategic advantage in commerce and after the occupation during the second world war it failed to bounce back to its former glory. In the years that followed, Syros counts on its limited agricultural production and a few small shipping yards. As a tourist destination starts to become more popular in the 1980s, gaining the reputation of "Sovereign of Cyclades", thanks to the hundreds of mansions of Syros, and attracted great interest for its coastal settlements like Galissas, Phoinicas and Posidonia. Syros today has an undisputed charm, as the visitor will encounter here the coexistence of traditional and cosmopolitan Cyclades style with neoclassical, orthodox tradition and Catholic tradition all together. It is also worth mentioning that Syros was the birthplace of internationally renowned musician Marcus Vamvakaris and in honor of local authorities have turned the house that he was born to a museum, while a square in Ano Syros bears his name. Syros can be reached by ferry boat from the port of Piraeus or by plane, since the island has its own airport.

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