What to See in Syros
Museums in Syros
Remarkable museums can be found in Syros, the most important ones being:
The Pancycladic Archaeological Museum, housed in the town hall of Ermoupoli. Its major collection comprises inscriptions gathered in 1834 by Ioannis Kokkonis. Later, Prehistoric findings of Chalandriani archaeological site were added to the collection.
The Art Gallery of the Cyclades, with permanent collections and periodical exhibitions.
The Industrial Museum in Ermoupoli has an old machinery collection originating from the factories of this town as well as an archive of oral testimonies.
The Museum of Cycladic Art, housed in the Municipal cultural Center, next to the town hall exhibits replicas of works exhibited in the Goulandris Cycladic Art Museum.
In the Cemetery of Aghios Georgios, essentially an open-air museum, you can observe headstones and works of Greek and foreign artists.
The Museum of the Ano Syros Municipality houses a collection of instruments and household accesories.
The Markos Vamvakaris Museum, housed in the residence of the great rebetiko composer of Syros, renovated in 1995. The Museum's collection comprises personal items and testimonies concerning the life of the composer.
The Ecclesiastical Museum of Ermoupolis is housed in the church of Metamorfosi.
Churches of Syros
Syros has important churches from which the main ones are:
The Metamorphosis;the Metropolis of Syros, which was built in 1824; St. Nicholas (the wealthy); in the area of Vaporia, the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary; in the area of Psariana, the Evaggelistria, which is the Metropolis of the Catholics on the island; and other.
Traditional Cuisine - Syros
Syros island cuisine is well known in all Cyclades complex. Some of its most famous recipes are octopus cooked with sun dried tomato, roasted fish with caper, marathopita (pie with cheese and dill) and strapatsada (omelet with fresh tomato sauce).
Syros is famous for its traditional products and especially for San Michali cheese. It is a hard, slightly yellow cheese made of cow milk and produced exclusively in Syros. Since 1996 it has been officially registered as product with designation of origin.
Syros island also produces a top quality “Kopanisti” made of fresh milk (mainly cow milk or a mixture with goat or ovine milk), “skordoloukanika” (sausages with garlic), sweets such as chalvadopita (sweets made of semolina and syrop), loukoumia (Turkish delight) and amigdalota (sweets made of almonds).