Hermoúpolis, the queen capital of the Cyclades, was founded in the 13th century by the Venetians who made fortunes there. As a result, they built a beautiful city full of splendid mansions and marble squares, masterpieces of European-style romantic classicism, but perched on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Today a vibrant place, Syros has become a fascinating mix of cultures. Tourism has only recently arrived on the island, yet the city's palaces can be visited at leisure and the idyllic beaches are very quiet on the beautiful sapphire blue sea. By preserving its rich heritage and stunning beauty, Syros has become a perfect destination for an intimate and relaxing getaway.
The old quarter, Áno Síros, of Hermoúpolis, was founded in the 13th century by Venetians. Refugees from the War of Greek Independence (1821–29) founded the adjacent contemporary port, which became important in Greek coastal trade. The ensuing economic prosperity created a wealthy urban class, connected to the Western European culture lifestyle. As a result, they constructed a superb capital featuring a myriad of splendid mansions, marble squares, and municipal buildings, masterpieces of Romantic Classicism, a neoclassical European-type town but on a Greek island in the Aegean.