Syros is both a Greek Orthodox and a Greek Catholic island, boasting many fine churches from both traditions. The more Venetian town of Ano Syros offers many churches to visit, so do the small villages around the island.
One of the most important pieces of religious art of all time is found in this church which lies across from the Town Hall near the main square. El Greco painted a stunning icon in 1562 at the age of 20 featuring the Dormition of the Mother of God, as the church is named in Greek. Also note the bell tower of the church which has left many a visitor in awe.
As your ferry arrives into port, you can easily see the church of Agios Dimitrios, which was built were an icon picturing Saint Demeter or Agios Dimitrios was found. The church bell supposedly rings every time a ship docks into the port.
Situated in Upper Syros or Ano Syros in Greek, this monastery has been around for almost 300 years and hosts an important library of books. This is a Jesuit monastery which escaped the brunt of the Ottomans in past centuries due to a deal between the French and the Ottomans at that time. This helped the monastery and Syros itself flourish in ways other parts of Greece could not.
Considered the prime Orthodox Church of Syros, Metamorphosis is home to the bishop of the island as well as woodcarvings and stunning icons. Notice the unusual baroque-style architecture not normally seen in orthodox churches.
If you want a great view of nearby Tinos and other close islands, head to Vrodado Hill where the church of the Assumption stands proud. It was constructed in 1870, a recent date compared to other churches in the city.
Built and rebuilt in the 19th century, th Evangelistra catholic church was designed by a local architect under the auspices of the Austrian consul at that time.
Undoubtedly one of the finest Catholic churches of Ano Syros with all its medieval charm, this place of worship is at least 800 years old and has been restored on several occasions since then, the last time being in 1834.
A library of some 6000 valuable books and manuscripts, as well as lovely icons and different religious objects can be found at this beautiful Jesuit Monastery, named Agios Ioannis or Saint Jean. It was established in 1535 with the aim of helping the poor. The last modification to its appearance happened in 1852.
Standing on a rock in Galissas high above the sea, this church is more secluded and serene than the city ones, blending in Mediterranean nature and scenery like no other church on the island.
The faithful flock to this Catholic church in the thousands, especially during feasts and religious events. It was constructed on a hilltop in Hroussa, a small village on the southern side of the island.
Saint John or Agios Ioannis is well-liked on this island, which is why there is yet another church dedicated to this saint, this time right outside Poseidonia, some 12 kilometres outside the capital. A visit to the church is inspiring and uplifting.