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Sights

Hora
The traditional settlement of Hora is built at an altitude of roughly 200 metres from the sea, 3,4 kilometres from Karavostasi.
Its paved streets and narrow corridors, its many and continuous squares, that are a unique built-up characteristic in the whole of Cyclades, its well kept houses with their small white painted courtyards and the Castle are the main characteristics of Hora.

Walking in the narrow streets of Hora can be a relaxing as well as a quiet experience since all vehicles are denied access. Parking takes place in spacious parking lots, out of the settlement. The view of the northern, steep side of the Castle at the square of Pounta, a mid-day siesta in the shades of the trees at the Dounavidon square and the evening liveliness of the Piatsa square are some of the first things with which visitors of Hora come in contact with.

Church Koimisis Theotokou (Dormition of Virgin Mary)
The church of Koimisis Theotokou is built on the northeast side of the village and is visible from all places in Hora. It is the most important church of Folegandros, dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. It is found hanging from a rock above Hora and is probably built in the place of an ancient temple. Building material of that temple was used for its construction. In the courtyard and in the interior of the church you will see embedded ancient signs and bases of statues. The church was a chapel of a nun monastery. It is a multi-domed basilica with a tall belfry. A marble sign from 1687 writes about the renovation of the church, while Virgin Mary took its current form with a remodeling that started in 1816 and finished in 1821.
The marble iconostasis, the archiepiscopal throne and the pulpit is work of the marble sculptor Kaparias from Tinos.
An according to tradition, miraculous, silver-decorated Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary that is kept in the church, is connected with pirate stories and legends of Folegandros. According to an old Folegandros custom, there is a procession of the holy icon in front of all houses of the island during Easter. To reach the church of Virgin Mary, you should follow the paved path that starts from the square of Pounta (15 ').

Kastro (Castle)

Kastro is the old part of Hora. It is a medieval settlement that was built in order to protect residents of the island from hostile raids and from then on up to today, it has been continuously inhabited. Its northern side is built in the verge of the cliff at a height of 210 metres. The houses, many of which are over ten centuries old, are all in very good condition.
The castle is the preserved part of the traditional settlement of Hora and is protected by the Byzantine Antiquities division of the Archaeological Service.

Folklore Museum
It is a traditional rural unit (themonia) of the 19th century, in Ano Meria. Here, you will see a typical rural household, as it was up to the middle of the 20th century.
The museum was founded and is managed by the cultural association “Folegandros”.
During summer it is open daily between 5-8 p.m.
Tel.: 22860 41370

The cave “Chrysospilia”
is found in the north-eastern side of the island on the slopes of Palaiokastro and before the cape Panagia. Access to the cave takes place so much from the land as from the sea, but with big difficulty. From the land the path is particularly difficult and dangerous. Most of the steps that were carved in antiquity and are still known in the island as “Greek islands” have been destroyed from the surface erosion. From the entry of the cave the visitor enters in the first big chamber of a length of 100 metres and a width of 50 metres with roman reservoirs and many shells on the floor. The interior of the first chamber has brilliant stalactites that resemble with the throne of a temple. After the first booth follows a long booth of a 70 metres width, that varies considerably and communicates with the first via a small corridor. This booth is characterized by intense stalagmite decor with disk like stalactites. The intense colours of the stalactites are due to iron oxides. A big part of the walls but also of the cave's roof is covered by signs from the 4th century B.C. and later. At their bigger part they are covered by male names that are considered to have belonged to adolescents of the period, which were assembled in the cave for rituals or educational reasons.

Karavostasis
Karavostasis is the harbour of Folegandros. The place is calm and is offered for swimming and relaxation. The central asphalted street which leads to Hora and to Ano Meria begins from the pier of Karavostasis. It crosses the whole island (in length), as well as the coastal street which leads to the settlement Livadi and passes from all the sandy beaches, south of the harbour.
The starting line for the bus to Hora is also found at the pier.
The main beach of Karavostasi is Chochlidia, while the area around has various small, isolated beaches.

Ano Meria

It is the second in size settlement of Folegandros, scattered on the northeast end of the island, without an actual central point. Most residences are not simple houses but “themonies”, that is to say small autonomous rural and animal raising units. It lies 6 kilometres from Hora and the serving bus schedules are frequent.
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