Although Syros belongs to the Cyclades islands, its architecture is more Medieval than Cycladic.
Different cultures and influences have formed the island’s distinct character that is sure to bedazzle all travellers with its colourful alleys, historical churches and stunning public buildings that are also proof of its past glories such as, the City Hall, the Customs Office, the Aquarium in Kini village, the Mausoleum of Agios Georgios and the famous “Apollo” theatre.
The last one was created in 1864 on Vardaka square in the heart of the town by the Italian architect Pietro Sampo.
In the 6th century B.C. the important physician and philosopher Pherecydis was born in Syros and some years later he went to Samos and became the teacher of Pythagoras.
Pherecydis invented the first sundial and so two caves in Syros were named after him. Syros became part of Greece in 1830, along with the other Cycladic islands. Arts and cultural expression were very important in the everyday life on the island and still are.