Vathi or Samos-city is the capital of the island since 1843. It is located around a large bay. It is with approximately 9000 inhabitants the biggest city of the island and in addition, the administrative center. The town lies like an amphitheater around the bay. Vathi consists out of 2 parts. The higher located Ano Vathi, this is the old part of the town, and the low-lying modern part of the town along the bay.
Vathi is actually the old name of the city. The nameof this town is since not too long Samos. Vathi is actually only a quarter. Vathi is a separate municipality remained with its own mayor. Vathi is actually the oldest part of the city (Ano Vathi) this part of the city consists of a labyrinth of steep streets, alleys and stairs. You go a few centuries back in time when you visit this part of the town. The houses are close together and have few windows and thin walls. This dates back to earlier times when they sometimes had to deal with pirate attacks. The people warned each other by knocking in a certain way on the wall.
Some sights in Samos city are:
Platia Pythagoras, or Pythagoras Square.
On the square is a statue of a lion. This image is the symbol of sacrifice and courage of the people during the Greek war of independence against the Turks. The statue was flanked by four large palms. Unfortunately, there are a couple of felled by a parasite.
In the Archaeological Museum in the city park, you'll find many finds from ancient times. Most finds are from the Heraion and the sacred path that the old covenant Pythagorion had with this place. Heraion is an ancient shrine near Ireon.
Furthermore Samos town has a lovely promenade along the bay recently completely refurbished. With al lot of shops, restaurants and bars. If you want go to the beach in Samos Town you can better go to Gangos. For swimming, water in Samos town consists almost entirely of port and is not very attractive. The Gangos beach is about 2 km away.
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