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Serifos trivia: 40 facts about this Greek island

Serifos is one of the Greek islands that you should visit. With its beuatiful beaches is one of the best destinations for you!

So let’s dive into some more trivia and facts about it!

  1. Serifos is a Greek island municipality in the Aegean Sea
  2. It is located in the western Cyclades
  3. South of Kythnos
  4. And northwest of Sifnos
  5. It is part of the Milos regional unit
  6. The area is 75.207 square kilometres (29.038 sq mi)
  7. The population was 1,420 at the 2011 census
  8. It is located about 170 kilometres (92 nautical miles) ESE of Piraeus
  9. In Greek mythology, Serifos is where Danaë and her infant son Perseus washed ashore
  10. After her father Acrisius, in response to an oracle that his own grandson would kill him, set them adrift at sea in a wooden chest
  11. When Perseus returned to Serifos with the head of the Gorgon Medusa, he turned Polydektes, the king of Serifos, and his retainers into stone as punishment for the king’s attempt to marry his mother by force
  12. In antiquity, the island was proverbial for the alleged muteness of its frogs
  13. During the Roman imperial period, Serifos was a place of exile
  14. After 1204 it became a minor dependency of the Venetian dukes of the Archipelago
  15. In the late 19th century Serifos experienced a modest economic boom
  16. From the exploitation of the island’s extensive iron ore deposits
  17. The mines closed in the 1960s
  18. And Serifos now depends on tourism and small-scale agriculture
  19. Worked blocks of island marble built into the walls of the medieval castle crowning Chora
  20. The hilltop main town of Serifos
  21. They show that the ancient capital was there as well
  22. Chance finds, primarily marble funerary sculpture, are displayed in the Archaeological Collection in Chora
  23. The most impressive ancient monument is the Hellenistic marble watchtower (c. 300 BC) with walls preserved to 2 m
  24. And an interior staircase, standing on a hilltop just east of the road from Chora to Mega Livadi, near Mega Chorio
  25. Work began in 2011 to study the fallen blocks for an eventual reconstruction
  26. At least four other ancient towers have been located
  27. Including the megalithic Psaros Pyrgos or “Couch of the Cyclops” in the SW corner of the island
  28. The so-called “Castle of the Old Lady” above Ganema and Koutalas preserves scant remains of a collapsed dry-stone construction in a notch below the twin rocky summits
  29. Rough fragments of white marble and rooftile, and archaic fine-ware potsherds on the SE terraces of the hillside suggest the existence of an ancient sanctuary
  30. The fortified Monastery of the Taxiarchs, dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, was built in 1572 just outside the village of Galani
  31. The sole monk is Archimandrite Makarios
  32. Who entered the monastery as a youth in 1958 and continues (June 2012) to maintain it with admirable devotion
  33. Seriphos was colonised by Ionians from Athens
  34. And it was one of the few islands which refused submission to Xerxes I
  35. By subsequent writers Seriphos is almost always mentioned with contempt on account of its poverty and insignificance
  36. And it was for this reason employed by the Roman emperors as a place of banishment for state criminals
  37. It is curious that the ancient writers make no mention of the iron and copper mines of Seriphos
  38. Which were, however, worked in antiquity, as is evident from existing traces
  39. And which, one might have supposed, would have bestowed some prosperity upon the island
  40. But though the ancient writers are silent about the mines, they are careful to relate that the frogs of Seriphos differ from the rest of their fraternity by being mute


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