Styra

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Styra
Στύρα
Location
Styra is located in Greece
Styra
Styra
Coordinates 38°10′N 24°15′E / 38.167°N 24.250°E / 38.167; 24.250Coordinates: 38°10′N 24°15′E / 38.167°N 24.250°E / 38.167; 24.250
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Central Greece
Regional unit: Euboea
Municipality: Karystos
Mayor: Pano Lexus
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 3,346
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 10 m (33 ft)
Postal code: 340 15
Telephone: 22240
Auto: ΧΑ

Styra (Greek: Στύρα) is a village and a former municipality on the island Euboea, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Karystos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is located in the southern part of Euboea, facing the eastern shore of Attica across the South Euboean Gulf. Nowadays it can be reached by ferryboat from the tiny harbor of Agia Marina, as well as by bridge from Chalcis. Above the port there is a hill where the church of Saints Kostantine and Helen is situated with a panoramic view of the coast and Stouronisi (Styra Island). Styra is a very popular destination for Athenians during the summer period. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Albanians migrated into the area.

History[edit]

Year Municipal district population Municipality population
1991 394 3,161
2001 817 3,346

Actually there are two cities, Nea Styra (New) and Palaia Styra (Old). The Nea Styra is a more modern tourist area with beautiful views, beaches, hotels, cafes, bookstores, nightclubs, shops, and bars There are two doctors in Styra that share time between Nea Styra and Palaia Styra. In between Nea Styra and Palaia Styra is the ancient city of Styra, a city mentioned by Homer's Iliad (Rhapsody B). Additionally near Styra there are ancient structures standing which are 4,500 years old and are constructed using Megalithic Architecture. They are called Drakospita (i.e. Dragon Houses) and have been built using huge one piece stones (monoliths). The size of each of these stones is 4.0m length x 2.5m width x 1.5m height, similar to those found in the Philippines and at Stonehenge. Ships left from the ancient city state of Styra to aid in the rescue of Helen of Troy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)