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.