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Modern Styra is a beautiful and well cared for market town, which
also acts as the seat of the Municipality of Styra. It lies at a distance of around
four kilometers from the sea and Nea
Styra. Important historical monuments of the medieval and modern periods are
the Castle of the Armenians and the two small churches found inside of it. The
stone-covered church of St. Nicholas, built in the early 1800s, is located at
the peak of the hill on which the castle lies, and the hill takes its modern name
from the church. The Church of the Virgin Mary of the Castle was, as two inscriptions
near the entrance testify, rebuilt in 1746 on the ruins of an earlier single-aisle
This text is cited May 2003 from the Municipality of Styra tourist pamphlet.
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