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Sifnos trivia: 55 unknown facts about this Greek island!

Sifnos is a Greek island that belongs to the Cyclades island group. It is truely a unique greek island that you should visit!

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

  1. Sifnos is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece
  2. The spelling Siphnos is obsolete in English but still by convention often used to refer to the island in ancient times
  3. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia (pop. 869), is home of the island’s folklore museum and library
  4. The town’s name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora
  5. The second-largest town is Artemonas (800)
  6. Thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo’s sister-goddess Artemis
  7. It is located at the site of the church of Panayia Kokhi
  8. The village of Kastro (118), was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836
  9. It is built on top of a high cliff on the island’s east shore
  10. Today has extensive medieval remains and is the location of the island’s archeological museum
  11. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares (245)
  12. Sifnos lies in the Cyclades between Serifos and Milos
  13. West of Delos and Paros
  14. And about 130 km (81 mi) (80 nautical miles) from Piraeus (Athens’ port)
  15. The municipality has an area of 73.942 square kilometres (28.549 sq mi)
  16. And is 15 km (9 mi) long and 7.5 km (4.7 mi) wide
  17. It has a shoreline of 70 km (43 mi), with a permanent population of 2,625
  18. The island is reached on the ferries which run on the Piraeus- Kythnos- Serifos- Sifnos- Milos- Kimolos line
  19. There are also infrequent sailings to other islands in the Cyclades
  20. Sifnos was inhabited by human beings from at least 4000 BCE
  21. Archeological evidence indicates the island was within the mainstream of Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic civilization
  22. The island was very wealthy in ancient times
  23. Thanks to its gold, silver, and lead
  24. Which were being mined there as early as the 3rd millennium BCE
  25. Proof of this is the treasury which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century BCE to house their offerings
  26. According to Pausanias, these mines were obliterated by floods in ancient times, a disaster which some attributed to the people of the island suspending their tribute out of greed
  27. Modern scholars suggest that some of the mines flooded because they had eventually been dug to a depth below sea level
  28. While the majority of them, situated far from the sea, were probably exhausted
  29. Remains of ancient mines, some dating back to prehistoric times, are still to be seen on the island, most notably at Ay Sostis
  30. And remains of ancient fortifications, dating from the third millennium to the sixth century BCE, have been found at Ay. Andreas, Ay. Nikitas, and Kastro
  31. Another indication of Sifnos’s wealth is the fact that it was one of the first places in Greece to mint coins
  32. Beginning around 600 BCE
  33. Although the number minted does not seem to have been great
  34. And the island of Aegina, which used Siphnian silver, seems to have developed a much greater export capacity in this form of the metal
  35. During the extensive Greek migrations which occurred beginning perhaps as early as the 12th century BCE, Sifnos was mostly populated by Ionian Greeks from Athens
  36. The island appears only rarely in the subsequent ancient history of Greece
  37. In the sixth century BCE it was invaded by pirates from Samos
  38. In the fifth century BCE, Sifnos was an official member of the Greek defensive alliance formed to fight the Persian Wars
  39. In the next century the island was briefly taken over by the Persians
  40. But liberated by a fleet sent by Alexander the Grear
  41. The verb “to play the Siphnian” appears in a fragment of Aristophanes
  42. And is explained in the Suda alongside “to Lesbianize” as a reference to transgression
  43. The most famous beaches of the island are Cheronisos, Poulati, Faros, Platu Gialos, Vathi, Apokofto, Broulidia, Fukiada, Chrysopigi, Vroulidia
  44. There are 360 churches in the island of Sifnos, as per the days of the year
  45. More than any other island in Cyclades
  46. It is no coincidence, the large number of festivals held on the island almost every month
  47. Many churches and monasteries of the island are historical sites with great religious and architectural interest
  48. The most important one is the monastery of Panagia Chryssopigi
  49. One of the most “popular” churches of the island, is one of the Seven Martyrs
  50. There many couples choose to get married
  51. Still, Panagia Poulati renowned both for its beauty and what the landscape that surrounds it
  52. Sifnos island is very famous for the religious festivals
  53. They take place during the summer period
  54. These events is a very good opportunity for a visitor to be familiar with the culture of the island
  55. And the famous sifnian traditional cuisine for free


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