Apr 27, 2014

Skaros, the island's medieval capital



Skaros was the medieval capital of the island for about 600 years. The houses as well as the castle – perched high up on the rock to be protected from the pirates – were built during the Venetian occupation in the 13th century. The houses were all tightly built inside the castle, having small windows and doors, narrow streets and the outer walls of the houses in fact formed part of its fortification. 
At the entrance of the citadel was the church of Agia Theodosia, their protector and guardian saint and the ruins of the church can still be noticed today.
The citadel, strategically situated, offered a panoramic view of the caldera and its inhabitants were the rich aristocrats. It’s worth mentioning a catholic priest’s testimony, who lived in Skaros and witnessed the volcanic eruption in 1707 and the birth of the island Nea Kameni.
Today the trail connects Imerovigli with Skaros and is highly recommended for hikers!