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Top monuments and historical sites in Amorgos

Amorgos ● Cyclades ● 13 June 2017

Among the things you can do in Amorgos, this beautiful island of Cyclades, is to get familiar with the culture, the history and the art of the island. The cultural spots and historical sites of Amorgos are interesting and can offer you cultural vacations that will be unforgettable. These are the best sites in Amorgos that you should definitely not miss.

1. The Monastery of Hozoviotissa

The impressive monastery in the Chora of Amorgos was built in the 11th century, and it is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is the trademark of the island, and it offers a breathtaking view of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea from the cliff, on which it is built. Remember that there is a dress code, which requires men to wear trousers and women long skirts. A trekking path from the monastery leads to the beautiful beach of Agia Anna.

Monastery of Hozoviotissa

2. Gavras Tower and its archaeological collection

Gavras Tower is an important Venetian remnant in Amorgos Chora, close to the Castle. It was built in the 16th century, and today it hosts the archaeological collection of the island. The exhibits are sculptures, statues, ceramics, weaponry and relics from the Archaic Period till the Roman Times. They are findings of the three ancient towns of Amorgos (Aegialis, Minoa and Arkesini).

3. The ancient Minoan settlement of Amorgos

At Moundoulia Hill, above Katapola Amorgos, excavations have found ruins of the Minoan civilisation that dates back to the 10th century B.C. The ancient site dominates a building that was dedicated to gymnasium type activities, but you can also admire other findings, such as the ruins of a Hellenistic temple, a sanctuary from the Geometric period, a lavatory and a statue.

4. The church of Agia Anna

The small chapel of Agia Anna (=Saint Anna) is located on a rock by the sea in Agia Anna Beach (Amorgos). It is a typical sample of the Cycladic religious architecture that gives the beach a pure traditional style.

5. The Venetian Castle

Amorgos Chora is one of the most impressive towns in Cyclades. Whitewashed houses with colourful windows make the scenery just amazing, but the most wonderful part of Amorgos Chora is the Venetian Castle on the rock above it. The castle was built in the Medieval Times (in 1290) for the protection of the island, and within its walls a few old and interesting churches are preserved. The castle offers a magnificent view of the sea and the entire village.