The Capital of the island is "Pothia" with its colourful,
two storey houses and its traditional island character. The town has been built
amphitheatrically, with a population of 11.500 living in its densely constructed
Its harbour, being well sheltered fro all winds, is considered one
of the most important island harbours in Greece
offering organized Marina services.
Various Municipal buildings were constructed by the Italians between
1930-35 in a Venetian style, and adorn the seafront along with a variety of shops
and cafes. There are countless churches displaying many valuable and beautiful
icons by various well-known Kalymnian artists.
In Pothia one can also find the local Archaeological
Museum, which is housed together with bequests made by Nikolaos Vouvalis,
a local benefactor. The recently set up Maritime
Museum as well as the Folk Art Museum containing exhibits from Kalymnian everyday
life and customs are both along the sea front road.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality
of Kalymnos tourist pamphlet.