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Sights

Hora
The Hora of Andros is a sight of its own, with streets made of black marble, splendid mansions, four museums and a Venetian castle. Very important discoveries from the impressive cultural past of the island are exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Hora. The famous statue of Hermis of Andros that was found in Palaiopoli is one of them.

Goulandri Museum of Modern Art
It is a museum with international fame, which was inaugurated in 1979 and extended in 1986. The new wing of the museum includes a library, a projection room and spaces with presentation possibilities of international exhibitions. During most of the year, works of Modern Greek artists (Fasianos, Pavlos, Kounelis, Tsoklis, Psychopaidis, Manolidis etc.) but also of important foreign artists (Rodin, Richier, Cesar etc.)are exposed. The occasional exhibitions of great artists works that the Institution organises each summer in the New Wing, constitute important happenings in the world of art. Works of Picasso, H. Matisse, V. Kandinsky, Balthus, D. Galani, A. Giacometti, P. Klee, Chagal, G. de Chirico, A. Rodin, C. Claudel etc. have been exhibited up to today. The collection of works of modern art is one of the most important in Greece. The museum belongs to the Institution Vasilis and Eliza Goulandri.

Hora - The Naval Museum

This Museum was founded in 1972. The exhibits are prototypes and lively present, the whole history of Andrian commercial shipping history, from ancient years up to today.

Hora - Folkloric and Religious Art Museum
An all different museum situated at the Chora region. Is founded as a result of well implemented changes to an old ice making shop.It proudly presents the folclore civilization of the island as long as it decently informs visitors on Agiography, silversmith arts and on the various  woodcut temples of Andros churches.In addition, during summer there are organised various innovative visual happenings, festivals and several science and thematical meetings.

Archaeological sites
The most interesting archaeological sites of Andros are:

Palaiopoli, south of Mpatsi, which is built on the slopes of the mountain Petalo, in the position of the ancient capital of Andros. It is a coastal settlement with a lot of green and of great archaeological interest.
From ancient Andros, which was the capital of the island since the Classic up to the Roman period, ruins of walls, the market, temples, but also vessels, jewels, sculptures, etc. have been found, and are exhibited in the archaeological museum of Palaiopolis.
At the archaeological site of the Geometric settlement of Zagora, ruins of walls and traces of residences are still preserved. Sculptures, ceramic and stone tools have been found in the region, and are today exhibited in the archaeological museum of Palaiopolis.

The archaeological site of Ypsili, which belongs to the Geometric period, is found in the region of Kato Aprovatou. Ruins of a settlement and a fortified citadel are found in the region. At the centre of the citadel, a temple was excavated, with dimensions of 7 to 10 metres,is dated in the Archaic period (6th century B.C.). The double altar and the discoveries imply that the temple was probably a place of double adoration, perhaps of Dimitra and Persephone. Within the citadel an important building group with four built-up phases, from the Geometric to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, was revealed. The settlement appears to be abandoned at a great extent at the end of the 8th century B.C., but life continued existing in the limited space of the citadel.

Another small, but appreciable ancient settlement was discovered in the place Mikrogiali, in the eastern coast of northern Andros. The ceramic findings show that it chronologically corresponds with another important settlement of the Cyclades in Kefala of Kea. Mikrogiali covers the very interesting transient phase from the Neolithic period to the period of Copper, in the early Cycladic era (3rd millenium B.C.), that constitutes the beginning of the Cycladic Culture.

THE MENITES VILLAGES
The Menites villages - among them and the famous water source of Sariza village- are famous since antiquity times for being the "sources of Dionusos" and according to mythology they were flowing wine.

Castles
Andros has two Venetian castles. The first is found in Hora. A small stone bridge connects Hora with the island where in 1207 the Castle was built by the Venetian Marino Dandolo. The castle was destroyed in 1943, at the duration of bombardments of the island by the Germans and its ruins are saved till today.

The second castle is the Castle of Faneromeni or Pano Castle, which is found north of the bay of Korthi at an altitude of 600 metres. It constituted the bigger fortified settelment of Andros, which housed 1.000 residents.

The Tower of Agios Petros
The impressive Tower of Agios Petros is found 3 kilometres north-east of Gayrio. It is a Classical-Hellenistic observatory. It is dated around the 4th -3rd century B.C. The Tower is cylindrical and built of slate, with a height of 20m. and a diameter of 9,40m. It was used for the protection of locals from the raids of enemies and pirates. Today the dome of the base has collapsed, as well as the upper section of the tower. However part of the spiral stone staircase that led to the five floors still exists.

Apoikia
Located north of Hora, this green settlement is famous for its waters and its source Sariza. Its water is diuretic and is advisable for kidney and stomach diseases.

Kaireios Library
The Kaireios Library was founded with a Presidential Decree in 1987. Today the Library has 35.000 books (many of which are old and rare publications), in manuscripts, an extensive archive, many works of art and objects of historical value and traditional culture. A loaning department and a department with children's books function in the Library. The institution organises each year training seminars for bookbinding, maintenance of old books and documents and maintenance and recording of folklore objects.

Towerhouses
The tower - residences of notables that were built at the 17th and 18th century are important landmarks of Andros. They are tall, square residences with many rooms and storage spaces. The entrance to the tower was a small door that was placed high from the ground and accessible only by a mobile wooden ladder. An array of martial and special constructions protected tenants from their enemies. The Tower of Mpistis (Mouvela) in Stenies from the17th century, the Tower of Mastroyannoulis in Amolocho from the 17th - 18th century, the Tower of Lorentzou Kairi in Mesaria and the tower of Folerou in Strampourgies are the most representative ones.
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