"Hermoupolis" redirects here. For the cargo ship in service 1947-66, see SS Hermoupolis
Postcard of Ermoupoli, 1904.
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. It is also the capital of the South Aegean region.
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.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Ermoupoli is twinned with:
- Emmanuel Benakis (1843–1929), merchant and politician
- Olga Broumas (1949), poet and translator
- Stelios Mainas (1957), actor
- Michael Melas, father of Pavlos Melas, fighter of the Greek Struggle for Macedonia
- Emmanuel Rhoides (1836–1904), writer and journalist
- Georgios Souris, poet
- Markos Vamvakaris (1905–1972), rebetiko musician
- Demetrius Vikelas (1835–1908), businessman, writer and the first president of the International Olympic Committee