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Psara (Greek: Ψαρά, Psará) is the biggest of an islands group that incorporates seven islets. Psara is the largest of an island cluster that includes seven islets. The smaller islands include Antipsara, uninhabited today, Kato Nisi, Aye Nikolaki, Daskalio, Psaronisi and Nisopoula. Together, they make a suitable place for peaceful and relaxing vacation.
Psara is nowadays a popular holiday destination in Eastern Aegean, with a lovely selection of accommodation, traditional hotels, rooms to let and excellent taverns. The island has been inhabited since the Mycenaean period, its occupants depending on the abundance of the sea to nourish themselves, as the island is a treeless and rough area with little growth or vegetation. Homer initially alluded to the island as Psyra.
The islanders' sole source of livelihood has mostly been fishing, partly due to the local copious resources of slipper lobsters and shipping. In the recent years, tourism has started to flourish as well. There is only one occupied settlement on the island of Psara. It is a little seafront town and the port of the island, calm and serene. The houses are built according to traditional architecture, with public buildings that uncover the illustrious past of Psara. Guests may discover a couple of inns and rooms to let, and also a few delightful taverns and traditional cafes.
The island is blessed with untouched, wild beaches with crystal clear waters washing its shores. In the early 19th century, the island of Psara played an important role as a large merchant fleet. It also became a key entity in the independence struggle of Greece against Turkey, which unfortunately lead to many casualties as well as destruction of some of the islands landmarks. The most celebrated revolutionary who was born in this battle was the chief naval officer Kanaris. Even so, the island still hosts some delightful landmarks, well suited for sightseeing: The archaeological Museum, The Church of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) and Dormition of Virgin Mary.
The archaeological Museum’s gallery is placed in the little fishing village of the island and houses discoveries from unearthing on the island. Among them are pots and amphorae that were utilized as a part of the ancient city that is thought to be underneath the town. The Church of Agios Nikolaos is arranged at the highest point of a small hill in the town of Psara. Construction of this distinctly shaped basilica church began in 1785 and was completed in 1793. Here you may rest, close your eyes and feel the Greek sun caressing your face and be dazzled by the church's breathtaking panoramic view. The Dormition of Virgin Mary monastery was constructed in the the 16th century and assumed a critical role in the revolution of 1821. One year after the break of the insurgency, the Turks destroyed it. Things would not stay devastated for too long, as monk Athanasios took it upon himself to restore it during 1880-90.
Since then, year after year on August 1st, the inhabitants of the island bring the icon of Dormition to the town, and conduct prayers in their homes.
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