memories from Syros island
Syros (Greek: Σύρος), or Siros or Syra is a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. It is located 78 nautical miles (144 km) south-east of Athens. The area of the island is 83.6 km2 (32 sq mi) and it has 32,000 inhabitants today.
The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari. Ermoupoli is the capital of the island and of the Cyclades. It has always been a significant port town, and during the 19th century it was even more significant than Piraeus. The largest villages are Galissas, Finikas, Vari, Mana, Kini and Poseidonia.
Ermoupolis City Hall, designed by Ernst Ziller, with the statue of Andreas Miaoulis (work of Georgios Bonanos).
Ermoupoli, stands on a naturally amphitheatrical site, with neo-classical buildings, old mansions and white houses cascading down to the harbour. The City Hall, where Miaoulis Square lies ringed with cafes and with seating areas under palm trees, has a grandeur[peacock term] all of its own. The "City of Hermes" has numerous churches, the most interesting[peacock term] of which are Metamorphosis, Koimisis, St. Demetrius, Three Hierarchs, Anastasis, Evangelistria and St. Nicolas. The Archaeological Museum has a collection of notable[peacock term] finds and the Municipal Library contains numerous interesting[peacock term] and rare[peacock term] editions. The quarter of the town known as Vaporia, where the sea captains lived, is of special interest[peacock term]. Along its narrow streets, stand numerous neo-classical mansions.
Ano Syros is the second town of Syros and was built by the Venetians at the beginning of the 13th century on the hill of San Giorgio, north-west of Hermoupolis. Ano Syros maintains a medieval atmosphere. Innumerable steps between narrow streets and houses with coloured doors lead to the top of the town. The medieval settlement of Ano Syros is accessible by car; the town is served mostly by marble steps. The distance from the harbour up to the main entry point of the town is approximately 1000 metres. The Catholic basilica of San Giorgio[disambiguation needed] dominates Ano Syros. The church was constructed during the 13th century. From the church of San Giorgio visitors enjoy[peacock term] a panoramic view of the neighbouring islands of Tinos, Delos, Mykonos, Paros, Andros and Naxos.
It was first called Syra, then Syros or Siros, and appears in ancient times to have been inhabited by the Phoenicians. In the Odyssey, Syros was the country of the swineherd Eumaeus who described it at length (Odyssey, XV, 403 sq.). The island was also the home of the philosopher Pherecydes, the teacher of Pythagoras. It possessed two leading cities, Syros (now the modern Ermoupoli) and another city on the western coast where stands to-day Galissas.
The island did not play an important role during antiquity nor the early Christian years, it was not even a diocese at a time when even the smallest island possessed its bishop. During Roman times the capital of Syros was situated in the area of contemporary Ermoupoli.
At the end of ancient times, the barbarian raids and piracy, which had surged the Aegean for many centuries, led Syros to decline. The island, along with the other Cyclades, was devastated several times during the Middle Ages by raiders from different directions including Sicilians, Arabs, Turks, and Venetians.
In the Byzantine years Syros constituted part of the Aegean Dominion, along with the rest of the Cycladic islands. After the overthrow of the Byzantium in the Fourth Crusade by the Venetians and Franks in 1204, was definitively conquered by the Venetians under the leadership of Marco Sanudo and would remain under Venetian rule until 1522. It was included in the Ducat of the Aegean.
It was at this time that Ano Syros was founded. During the Latin period, the majority of the local community were Roman Catholics, but maintained the Greek language. During the reign of almost three and a half centuries of the Ducat of the Aegean, Syros had a singular feudal regime.
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-02-22 21:56
una inquadratura molto originale tra due bellezze in carne ed ossa, su un paesaggio meraviglioso.
Una bella idea realizzata in maniera ottima.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
mohammad_H (9904) 2013-02-22 22:05
Hello my friend
Beautiful landscape view of two women, and along the depth image
Frame is very nice, with beautiful colors, blue sea
Have a nice day
carlo62 (46383) 2013-02-22 23:52
una cornice umana molto bella, diciamo che sia il biondo che il bruno, offrono un bel contrasto con il paesaggio tipico greco accentuato dalla scia della nave.
saxo042 (37794) 2013-02-22 23:57
The inclusion of the two persons here add both depth and interest to the scene. They are leaving this beautiful island, wondering why... The white buildings in the background provide a pleasant pattern and the blue-green sea a very attractive colour.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-02-23 3:43
a creatively composed shot that has us feeling that we are onboard waving this wonderful island goodbye too! I have actually waved this beautiful place goodbye in real time and this beautifully imaginative shot brought back happy memories. An original composition and compelling presentation. Bravo!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
cornejo (41337) 2013-02-23 4:03
Hello Costantino, I like this beautiful and interesting view of lovely place withthe beautiful boat's wake in the foreground, very good photo well composed and framed. Pretty good quality image. Very good and nice job superbly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Greetings and all the best from the south of Spain.
PaulVDV (28219) 2013-02-23 5:37
I think that it's the town of Ermoupoli that you show us.
Once I spent a few days on Syros and I really loved Ermoupoli.
It's a beautiful sight of the white and light coloured facades of the houses, nicely framed by two female visitors.
The wake of the departing boat is a nice track leading us to the small port.
Best regards, Paul
Sonata11 (33763) 2013-02-23 7:29
very beautiful and spectacular view from the boat. An amazing panorama of this place. Love it. Tfs. They removed my last pic:(
All the best and have a wonderful WE,
Graal (102596) 2013-02-23 11:56
nice composition with natural "frame". Interesting view of coast of island. Good idea and shot.
Have a nice evening.
fds (9340) 2013-02-24 3:14
dear friend very nice image with two woman in the foreground and the very nice village in the background
very nice colors and scharpnees
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-02-25 7:08
Hello Constantino - I love the way you have used the two girls to frame the view here. As well as getting around the difficulty of getting a clean shot (because they are in the way) their presence has added a narrative to the image and enhanced it. Great idea! Warm regards Rosemary
ourania (44276) 2013-03-01 10:33
μια θαυμάσια εικόνα που με απλή και πολύ εξυπνη σύνθεση προσθέτει στην όμορφη θέα του νησιού που απομακρύνεται συναισθήματα τα οποία όλοι μπορούμε να θυμηθούμε και να μοιραστούμε. Οι δύο κοπέλες που πλαισιώνουν τη σκηνή βοηθούν επίσης στην τιθάσευση του δυνατού φωτός και στην ανάδειξη των φωτεινών χρωμάτων με την αντίθεση που προσφέρουν. Πάρα πολύ καλό και το βάθος. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό Σαββατοκύριακο,
ikeharel (69773) 2013-03-09 0:52
All eyes on the trail left behinde the ferry, Costantino.
Beautiful blue sea, great view on white houses town and the seafront promenade.
To my oppinion, you might had stepped 1m backwards, and the two young ladies would appear fully inclusive over pic. space.
Nevertheless, a nice idea collected.
jacquest (18927) 2013-03-13 10:04
This is a beautiful view of this town well framed by these two ladies. I like the different tones of colors and movement in the water created by the boat's passage. The image had good deepness, light management and sharpness.
- Copyright: Costantino Topas (COSTANTINO) (64146)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-22 21:30