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Hydra Island

Culture of Hydra Island. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Hydra Despite the fact that Hydra was inhabited before our era, there are no ancient monuments on the island. The reason is that not a lot of people lived on Hydra during the heyday of Hellas and all the traces of their existence disappeared over time. But you can visit Hydra and admire houses and monasteries built in the 17th century. The buildings almost haven't changed.
Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece famous for its incomparable architecture and indescribable nature. Vehicular traffic is completely absent on this wonderful island, so … Open
Be sure to walk along the streets of Chora. Hydra, the capital of the island, was home for rich people and aristocrats from Greece. However, locals had enough money and could live in luxurious mansions too. Many gorgeous mansions can be found in all parts of Hydra and some of them are available for visitors. The most amazing interiors are in the mansions of Budury, Rafalias and Koundouriotis.
Pavlos Kountouriotis Mansion is located on the hillside full of pine trees. In 1991 it became a museum, where you can know about legends, customs and traditions of Hydra inhabitants. The Historical Archives Museum also deserves your attention. There is a rich collection of weapons, clothes and household items. There are not many ancient artefacts but some of the findings belong to the first settlers of Hydra. The huge library with more than 4 000 books is located on the first floor of the building. The oldest were printed in the 18th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece. It is a perfect place for active and curious children. The island is small, its area is only 55 square kilometres, but it is perfect for … Open
Hydra is known as a source of inspiration among artists. There are many talented artists among locals. You can visit Melina Merkouri Hall and admire the works of Greek masters and know more about their life. It was named in honour of Greek actress and politician Melina Merkouri. There are exhibited various works of artists and you can also attend different master classes here.
Hydra Be sure to visit Panagia Zourva Monastery. It is a complex of buildings with the main church in the centre. A clock tower built in the 18th century makes this place a historical attraction. The 8th of September is the celebration of the Name Day of Panagia Zourva. You should also visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias. It is located 500 meters above the sea and you can admire picturesque views from here. This is the only male monastery on the island. There is a rich library with manuscripts in the monastery. The Church of Agios Konstantinos is located not far from the centre of Hydra. It is one of the latest cult buildings on the island.
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Hydra is an ideal place for those who love church architecture. There are more than 300 cult buildings on the island. They are all of different era and size: from small chapels to huge cathedrals. The most beautiful of them is the Metropolis of Hydra, monasteries of Zouvra, Agia Triada, Agios Ioannis, the Holy Trinity Church, Agios Konstantinos of Hydra and the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin. There is also a well-preserved battery in Hydra which protected the island during the fights during the Independence War( 1821-1829).
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Hydra Island
♥   Palace 'New Royal Palace' , 73.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Old Royal Palace' , 73.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Psychiko' , 78.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Hydra Island
♥   Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Athens, 76.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Hydra Island and near

Epidaurus Amphitheater

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
In Greece, one of the most interesting amphitheatres is located in Epidaurus. It was built in the 4th century BC and designed by Polykleitos. The ancient theater in Epidaurus is not only one of the oldest, preserved to this day, but is also one of the largest. It was originally designed for 15000 spectators. The history of the construction of the theater is very interesting. It was not built for bloody battles and executions. … Read further

Bratsera Hotel

From the series “Best industrial-style loft hotels”
The famous Bratsera Hotel is located on the Greek island of Hydra. It was also opened in an old industrial building of 1860. A factory for processing sea sponges was located in it in the past. The factory brought the owners a good income in the second half of the 19th century. But their business declined over time. A large building near the coast was abandoned. It was decided to open the original hotel in it later. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Hydra Island

Culture guide to Hydra Island. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Hydra Island: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Hydra Island. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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