You will be impressed by the neoclassical buildings and their architectural details. The houses are mainly ocher with brown windows. The main features of Yialos are the stone-built clock tower, created in 1881; Michalakis, the statue of the little fisherman by Symian sculptor K. Valsamis, and bell tower of the church of Evaggelistria (Annunciation). The two sides of the port are connected through a stone bridge, which the locals call “kaldirimi”. After the bridge the Kampos Square begins with the Memorial and the bust of Professor Michael Volonakis. Near the square, there is also the island's cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in 1838. If you head to the beach Nos, you will find the monument to the Fallen during the Occupation. The house of Kampsopoulou follows, where on May 8, 1945 was signed the Protocol of Integration all the Dodecanese islands to the Greek state.
CHORIO (Ano Symi)
This is the largest settlement on the island and once the only way to get one up here was to climb the 500 stone steps of the Kali Strata, which connected Yialos with Chorio. The windmills witness the heyday of the island while the circular structure known as Pontikokastro still has not revealed its identity. Maybe it was a prehistoric tumulus. Central Square of Association hosts the events of Symi Festival and Archaeological and Folk Museum is located at Pharmakidis house. Wander around the narrow streets, enjoy the historic atmosphere that exudes the village and visit the churches that will come across.
Going up you may find one of the cobbled streets leading to the castle.
When the German occupiers fled the island on September 25, 1944 they blew up the church of Megali Panagia of the Castle with the warehouse of their weapons. Today only a small part of the wall of the castle is survived. Visit the church of Panagia of the Castle with the icon of the Second Coming of post-Byzantine painter George Klontzas, and the stone church of Lemonitrias.
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL PANORMITIS
A famous pilgrimage that brings a lot of people on the island with ferry boats. The monastery in honor of the Archangel Michael is impressive and pilgrims come for the sake of the icon that is considered miraculous. Going up the stairs you will see the bell tower of 1911 with the 750 kg bell, creation of the last bell maker of the island, Tasos Anastasiadis. The church was built in 1783 as an aisled basilica with the ornate wooden temple. The monastery celebrates at 8th of November and at Pentecost. There is also a library of post-Byzantine manuscripts.
It was founded in 1938 in Yialos under the name of Museum of Nautical Art and moved in neoclassical building on the shipyard of Symi. The thematic exhibition about sponge fishing is amazing with old diving suits, diving equipment of the 19th century, sponge species, skandalopetra and amazing models of hulls used by sponge divers. Tel: +30 22460 72363.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL & FOLK MUSEUM
In mansion Yianneskis in Ano Symi you will find the archaeological collection of the island. It includes findings from Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, Byzantine folklore collection and collection of local costumes and representation of typical Symian house. Tel:+30 22460 71114.