Syros – 3

Heading south-west from Platia Miaouli and just inland from the Ferry Quay is the Church of the Dormition, containing the island’s most valuable work of art, a painting of the Assumption by a 20-year old El Greco. A few metres to the south-east of the square, on the street called Roidi, some umbrellas have been suspended above the street and these are a real attraction to passers-by. The brollys are also useful for locating a very good restaurant, called just “Maritsas” by the locals, some of whose tables are located underneath.

Further up Roidi is the Apollon Theatre and the Ayios Nikolaos church, built between 1848 and 1870. Architectural purists will enjoy the marble iconostasis in the church,  though others might marvel on how the simple, coloured windows down the side of the church cast amazing shades on the church’s interior. These windows contain ten panes of coloured glass and no two adjacent panes are the same colour; hence the effect inside is quite mesmerising.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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