Aris Plateau

The Aris plateau is located high in the mountain of south Skyros, providing a unique shelter for goats, sheeps and mostly for some of the wild skyrian horses.  This rare horse breed you can find it only in Skyros and some years ago it was threatened to disappear.  In ancient years it was believed that these horses escorted Achilles to the Troy war. Also skyrian horses was portrayed on the marbles of Parthenon.

In the past Skyrian horse were used on the threshing floor during summer months, while in winter months they were free on the mountain of south Skyros.  After the industralisation of the farming industry the horses were not useful to the farmers and this is the starting point when the population deteriorated.

Nowadays the population has increased a lot thanks to the Katsarelias- Simpson project of maintaining the characteristics of the breed and increasing the population. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and friendliness of the Skyrian horse on the farm in Trachi area, north Skyros.
The temple which is located in Aris Plateau is believed that gave the name of the location because the temple was dedicated to ancient god Aris, the god of war. Was discovered by Manos Faltaits.

St. George Monastery

Over Skyros town, at the top of the hill you will find the monastery of St. George, one of the most important monuments of the island. Originally it was built at 960 but then it was rebuilt at 1600. The monastery is open to the public again from 2015, after  being  closed  for almost  15 years  after the earthquake in 2001. The chapel inside  the monastery  is decorated  with  rare murals  and  wooden  sculptures.

Over the monastery there is a number of small chapels and the ruins of the ancient castle. The castle area is closed to the public due to damages of  an earthquake but it is in restoration, hoping that in the near future it will be again open for visitors.

All over the island there is numerous numerous churches and small chapels, many of them dated back to the Vyzantine era. Some of the most important are Agios Ioannis near the dam and very close to it is Agios Dimitrios . Also Kyra Panagia in Atsitsa, the small chapel inside a rock Agios Nikolaos in Pouria and Five Martyrs near Brooke square.

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