Syros. Virgin Mary of Psara. The boat – church (book)
Syros. The island’s unknown treasure
You may know that Hermoupolis is the largest neo-classical ensemble of the whole world (we’ll talk about this another time).
But did you know that in Hermoupolis there is a church unique in Greece? This is the church of the Assumption, known as the Virgin Mary of Psara (Panaghia Psarianon).
You may have heard that this church houses an icon, work of El Greco. This image is particularly valuable because it is one of his few surviving works dating before leaving Greece, when he still painted according to the Byzantine tradition of the Cretan School. A very different style from the one he is world famous.
But, apart from this treasure, this church also hides others, unique in Greece.
The last time I found myself at Syros was during the Third International Cycladological Conference. At the conference intervals, I engaged myself in systematically taking photos of the neoclassical houses, something I hadn’t been able to do before. For five days I took photos for hours, covering the entire complex of Syros and Ano Syros (also about Ano Syros we will talk in the near future).
During my wanderings, I found the Virgin Mary of Psara. Knowing that there, is the icon of El Greco, I went in to see it.
The icon is in the narthex, so after having seen it, I proceeded to the nave. Then I went out without observing anything special because I didn’t look above the door.
Also, I did not meet anyone. This was important.
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