Explore Symi's Culture
Despite Symi’s size, on the island you’ll find more than three hundred churches, chapels and monasteries! These are scattered everywhere! You’ll either come across them at a big altitude and they’ll offer you some of the greatest views, or next to coasts, or just above the sea! Most of them were built during the Byzantine era and are still standing and offer to every visitor a unique religious and historical experience! Uncover all the different architectural elements and the stunning murals on the walls that make these holy places important and imposing to everyone, whether you’re pious believers or not!
The island of Symi, had met many conquerors through the centuries, until it finally enjoyed its independence. On the island you can find some museums that try to keep the island’s memories of older times alive. In the center, is the Archaeological and Folklore Museum that is housed in a neoclassical traditional mansion and holds artifacts from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Guide yourself through the rooms and imagine Symian ancestors walking among you. There are two more museums in the complex of the Monastery of Panormitis that display ecclesiastical items and the other, folk art. Watch some one-of-a-kind shreds from the past and understand Symi’s history better!
Symi is a work of art itself, yet you may be looking for a museum that holds artwork painted on canvas. On the second floor of LOS, you may find our Art Gallery. Right in this area were housed the Italian former offices, where the Surrender of the Dodecanese Islands was signed in 1945. Nowadays, you’ll have the chance to admire exhibited artworks from international artists such as Philippe Pasqua, Erro, Adami and Pavlos, or Greek artists. If you’re an art-lover, then you should visit this unique exhibition that offers free entrance to the visitors! Find some time to relax and admire the compelling power of these paintings!
Explore some important historical landmarks that were built centuries ago and learn more about our past. You may find some remnants and ruins of early Christian basilicas that are preserved in Symi, Pedi, Panormitis and Nimporio. At Kastro, there are two fortifications dating from the Historical times! The history of Symi is visible to the chapels and monasteries that were built during the Byzantine era and still have architectural parts from that time. Same, with the murals and frescoes gracing the temples and were made around the 1700’s! Delve into Symi’s history and study all the important details!
Walks In Symi
Wander around the narrow alleys of Symi and discover all the colorful houses that grace the island with their bright blue, yellow and pink hues. Merge and converse with the locals who we’ll be happy to show you your way. Characteristic are some buildings or churches that feature some stunning wall frescoes. If you walk high enough, you’ll get to cherish the panoramic view of the harbor and the restored neoclassical two-storey mansions with gardens full of blossoming flowers in every shade or jasmine vines that fill the atmosphere with their sweet aroma.