Welcome to Ermoupoli
Catholic Ano Syros (Upper Syros), was the original hilltop settlement; catch a bus to the top and stroll down through its hive of medieval churches, monasteries and whitewashed houses.
During the Greek Revolution, Orthodox refugees from the Turkish-held islands founded the modern town on the flat, spreading up Vrondado, the other hill, and capping it with their own grand church. In the 19th century, Ermoupoli was briefly Greece's principal port. The wealth of its shipowners is evident when wandering through Vaporia, a pleasant neighbourhood of palm-lined squares and elegant mansions.