Sifnos, lies in the middle of the Cyclades
islands between Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos
and is about 80 nautical miles from Piraeus.
It has an area of 74 sq. km. and a shoreline of 70
km, with a population of 2000. The island is reached
the ferries which run on the Piraeus- Kythnos- Serifos-
Kimolos line, and there are also sailings to other
islands in the Cyclades.
Sifnos was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to
its gold and silver mines. Proof of this, is the treasury
which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century
BC to house their offerings. However, it appears that
something went wrong with the mines; either they were
worked out or flooded by the sea -we do not know which-
and their production ceased. In ancient times, Siphnos's
wealth was measured by the gold and silver it produced,
in the last two centuries it can be measured by its
In 1207, the Venetian Marco Sanudo conquered Sifnos
and it was incorporated into the Duchy of Naxos.
In 1537, it was conquered by the Turks. It played its
part in the struggle for liberty in 1821 and was united
with Greece in 1832.
Sifnos, has a lot of things to offer, even in the most
demanding visitor. The imposing landscapes, the picturesque
settlements like Apollonia,
the beautiful beaches like Platys
Gialos, the medieval villages like Kastro
and the old monasteries like Chrysopigi,
taken together with island's excellent infrastructure,
made Sifnos a very popular destination.
There are 365 churches on Sifnos with Chrysopigi
being the most famous one.
Take a tour among Sifnos villages.
Sifnos is also famous for its beaches
and the famous pottery.
Photos and text taken from "Sifnos - History-Art-Folklore-Routes"