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Chora & Livadi
with the island of Sifnos in the backround
The crown jewel of Serifos island is its capital, Chora,
a medieval castled settlement build amphitheatrically
on top of the rocky hill that overlooks the bay of Livadi.
Above the picturesque settlement of Chora, you can
see the preserved ruins of the Venetian castle build in 1434
by the Mikieli family.
That castle was one of the island’s defenses against
the pirate ships roaming and pilfering the area.
Sitting on the highest point of the rocky hill,
you will find Agios Constantinos church.
Up there, one can admire the breathtaking view of the
Aegean Sea as it spreads before us, engulfing Serifos
and the surrounding islands of Sifnos, Kythnos, Milos & Kimolos.
Part of the greek mythology
Acrisius, the king of Argos, went to the oracle at Delphi wanting to know whether he would have a child and the oracle warned him that hewould die by the hand of his grandson, born by his daughter Danae, who would succeed him to the throne. To protect himself, Acrisius locked Danae away in a cellar. However, he did not take into account the sudden love of Zeus, who came in through the roof as golden shower and gave her a son, Perseus.
sunset golden hour
The settlement has been founded in 1880 and it is located at the Southwestern side of Serifos in the homonymous bay. Megalo Livadi has known a big financial bloom during the period the mines started to operate, up untill 1963, when they finally closed.
The inhuman working conditions led the workers to the now famous 1916 revolt. The strike broke out on the 7th of August 1916, when the workers refused to load the minerals on a ship. The leader of the strikers is said to have been Konstantinos Speras.
The workers demanded eight-hour work, increase the day’s wages and the implementation of safety measures.
George Gromman, owner of the mining company asked the help of the Greek authorities and on the 21th of August a detachment arrived to supress the strike. Unfortunatelly the situation quickly got out of hand as casualties from both sides added up, to the already high ammount of lives the mines claimed.
Next to the building that used to house the company’s offices,
the visitor can see the Heroes Memorial , a modest reminder of the miners
bloody revolt in 1916, which is an integral part of the island’s history.
In the small seaside settlement there is also the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, with remarkable frescos dating from the 17th century.
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