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The birthplace of famous shipowners and captains, Chora of Andros is knonwn as the Grand Lady of the Aegean. Located in the eastern part of the island, it retains the prestige it has been endowed with by its worthy offspring. Visitors will be amazed by the beautiful neoclassical mansions and houses, by the noumerous public buildings, the slab-paved pedestrian walks and squares, the scenic alleys and noteworthy churches and museums. Furthermore, a vast number of shops, cafés and restaurants compose the picture of the town.

Among the sights worth visiting in Chora are the churches that dominate the architecture of the island. Among them, the Churches (Ekklisies) of Koimisi tis Theotokou, of Panagia Palatiani (Agia Tsoura) -with a remarkable wood-carved templon- of Agios Georgios (a metropolitan cathedral dating to the 17th c.), of Panagia Theoskepasti, dedicated to the patron saint of the island, of Agios Andreas ton Latinon; and of Panagia Thalassini, on a rock, next to the sea. Another architectural jewel is the Kairios Library, housed in a 1919 mansion 
Visitors should not forget to pay a visit to Tourlitis Lighthouse (Faros), on a rock at the port’s entrance- as well as to Nimporio, a seaside settlement, the physical continuation of Chora. Another architectural milestone is the Arched Stone Bridgeover a ravine, near Nimporio- and Livadia, a settlement with rows of cypresses in tree lines, running streams, citrus groves and garden produce farms. Finally, don't forget to visit Vrachnos, a settlement with a unrivalled view to Chora

For those willing to combine architecture and art, Petros and Marika Kydonieos Foundation is housing painting and sculpture exhibitions at “Empirikio” Old People's Home (Girokomio), and “Empirikio” High School (Scholio - 1926)

Other noteworthy sights are The Marble Fountain of Kampani - early 19th c.), in front of the Archaeological Museum, as well as The House of Theofilos Kairis, restored building opposite the metropolitan cathedral. Don't forget to pay homage to The Municipal Theater (Dimotiko Theatro), where plays are staged and films are shown. You will also cross the Riva Square (Platia) and visit The Sculpture of the Unsung Seaman (right), work of the sculptor Michalis Tompros.

Museums

In Andros, you can visit some of the most important museums in Greece. The Museum of Modern Art houses a very interesting resident collection and every year proposes visiting exhibitions of famous Greek and foreign artists. Don't forget to visit as well the Archaeological Museum.



Museum of Modern Art: The Vasilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation Museum of Modern Art, was founded in 1979 (the new wing was inaugurated in 1986). Apart from the work of sculptor Michalis Tompros (1889-1974) which comprises the main part of the Museum’s collection, works by the most important Greek and foreign artists are also exhibited

Archaeological: Housed in a 1981 building, a bequest of Vasilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation, the museum exhibits finds (sculptures; reliefs; inscriptions; vessels; jewelry; ritual and household articles; architectural members, etc) from Zagora, Palaiopolis, Korthi and other island locations  

Folklore and Christian: It is the creation of Marios Vasilopoulos and Eirini Mantzavelaki–Vasilopoulou and is housed in the old Mantzavelakis ice factory.  

Naval Museum: Founded in 1972, it offers a rich collection of exhibits stemming from Andros’ shipping history from antiquity to present. Scale models and lithographs of Andriotic ships; old charter parties, insurance policies, and ships’ logs are some of the exhibits

Interesting Villages

Gavrio: The island’s port, Gavrio has a distinctive air and is built in an area inhabited since antiquity. Café bars, restaurants, and mezedopoleia (taverns serving Greek appetizers) along the pier attract the majority of visitors.

Menites: A verdant village built in the midst of a wonderful landscape with running streams and ancient trees

Ormos Korthiou: A beautiful, traditional seaside settlement built around Korthiou Bay with its sandy stretch. Small boats, fishing, and excursion boats call at its port. Lowland areas of cultivations stretch behind the settlement.

Palaiopoli: Amphitheatrically built overlooking the Aegean, Palaiopoli is located at the site of the ancient City of Andros.

Stenies: A beautiful village surrounded by excellent vistas with plane trees, oaks, cypresses, olive trees, etc, Stenies is the birthplace of many illustrious shipowners and captains. Gialia beach stretches, with a river mouth giving out to it, at a small distance from the village, in an area of lush vegetation and running streams.

Batsi: A picturesque tourist settlement, amphitheatrically built around Batsi Bay with its sandy beach. Fishing and excursion boats call at its port.

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