top of page

Culture and customs

The imposing Castle and Monastery of St. George was founded in the 10th century by Nikiforos Phokas and is now a part of the Monastery of Agia Lavra on Mount Athos.

The Archaeological Museum and Manos Faltait's Museum of the island are located in Skyros Town, as well as the Archaeological Site of Palamari, which is located on the north coast of Skyros, where a seaside fortification settlement dating from the Early and Middle Bronze Age (2,500 -1,800 BC). The settlement had an important and functional port that communicated with Cycladic islands, eastern mainland Greece and the northeastern Aegean.

The British poet Rupert Brooke, whose main statue symbolizes eternal poetry, has the following inscriptions on both sides of its base, east and west: "This monument was erected in 1930 by international treasures -" and now I saw in Attica The Holy Land Let Die "- Rupert Brook"
On the western side of his base is the bust of the poet and the dedication below:
"To Rupert Brook 1887 - 1915 in immortal poetry".

Sculpture - Georgios Lambrou, At his shop in Magasia Skyros there is an art space with works of painting and sculpture. There are posters of paintings, drawings and cards on Skyros. In the same area there are also the books of Sister Aliki Lambrou, Skyrian costumes, a catalog of sculpture and painting, songs and customs of Skyros with notes in the pendant and in the Byzantine parable.

Also the small Skyrian horse from the oldest and rarer breeds in the world, an ancient race of horses that in ancient times was widespread throughout Greece. It is a protected species and lives freely in nature in the southern part of the island.

In the Island of Skyros, every year is taking place one of the most impressive and, of course, traditional carnivals. It starts from the first weekend of the Carnival and culminates in the Clean Monday.

Cast of the Carnival, the "Old Man" dressed in pimples, and the traditional shoes made of leather, the wheelchairs. She also wears a hooded hood and a sheepskin mask, she is bred with 30-40 bells of sheep and holds a sheep stick. The old man moves in rhythmic steps, causing a loud presence due to the bells. The companion of the old man is the guy who is traditionally a man dressed in feminine clothes, dancing around the old man shaking the scarf. When he rests, he sings a slow-moving, slow-blowing task with a lot of "tugs," the Korrelitic. This custom begins at the beginning of the Triodion and repeats every Saturday with the culmination of the last four days, the alley flooding with the sounds of the bells.

bottom of page