Standing on a rocky hill overlooking Livadi Bay, the island’s medieval capital is a fine example of fortified architecture. Its main sights are the marble square of Pano Piatsa, with its exquisite view of the Aegean, the neoclassical Town Hall (1904), and the picturesque Myla Square. At the top of the hill are the remains of the Venetian castle (1434) and Saint Constantine’s Church, with a view of the western Cyclades.
The historic mines
South-west Serifos is like a living museum of industrial archaeology, as it is where the island’s abandoned mines are located. Visitors can come to Megalo Livadi to see the wharf and the rusted rails and wagons, or walk through the tunnels of the mines. The neoclassical building (1890) that was the mining company’s headquarters is here, along with a memorial to those killed in the bloody suppression of a workers’ uprising.
The Church of Saint John the Theologian
Clinging to a rock and built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Athena, this church in Serifos Town is among the most important cultural monuments in Greece. According to legend, its catacombs contain the head of the terrible Medusa, brought to the island by Perseus.
The Monastery of the Taxiarchs
Dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the island’s protectors, this evocative 16th-century fortress-monastery with austere fortified architecture is an impressive sight. The marble floor of the church bears a relief carving of a double-headed eagle, the symbol of the Byzantine Empire.
The Archaeological Museum
The island’s archaeological collection, on Mylon Square in the capital, boasts remarkable finds from local excavations. They include vases, headless marble statues, and grave markers from Classical and Roman times.
The Cyclops’ Throne
This gigantic square structure made of slabs of schist at Megalo Horio has fired the imagination of locals and foreigners for centuries. There is a legend that this monumental “seat” belongs to the mythological Cyclops, who lived in the nearby cave. It attracts numerous visitors, not least for its incredible sea view.