Ermoupoli

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Ermoupoli
Ερμούπολη
Ermoupoli port
Ermoupoli port
Official seal of Ermoupoli
Seal
Ermoupoli is located in Greece
Ermoupoli
Ermoupoli
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Country Greece
Administrative region South Aegean
Regional unit Syros
Municipality Syros-Ermoupoli
 • Municipal unit 11.325 km2 (4.373 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Municipal unit 13,400
 • Municipal unit density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Community
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 841 00
Area code(s) 22810
Vehicle registration ΕΜ
Website www.hermoupolis.gr

Ermoupoli (Greek: Ερμούπολη), also known by the formal older name Ermoupolis or Hermoupolis (Greek: Ἑρμούπολις < Ἑρμοῦ πόλις "Town of Hermes"), is a town and former municipality on the island of Syros, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Syros-Ermoupoli, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] It is also the capital of the South Aegean region.

History

Ermoupoli was founded during the Greek Revolution in the 1820s, as an extension to the existing Ano Syros township. It soon became the leading commercial and industrial center of Greece, as well as its main port. The renowned Greek Steamship Company was founded in the city in 1856. Thousands of ships were built in the various Syros shipyards.

Eventually Ermoupoli was eclipsed by Piraeus in the late 19th century. In the following decades the city declined. Recently, its economy has greatly improved, based on the service industry.

Panoramic view of the harbour.
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The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of the city.

Twin towns – Sister cities

Ermoupoli is twinned with:

Notable people

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References

  1. De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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