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The city of Mytilene

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The moment you arrive at the large port, the city of Mytilene will win your heart with its air of dolce vita. The island’s capital, built on seven hills and crowned by the Gateluzzi fortress, has preserved important features from its resplendent past and its outstanding cultural history.

A busy town with a lively nightlife, Mytilene satisfies every need and desire in terms of hotels, restaurants and recreation.

Its emblems are the majestic Gateluzzi castle, the church of Agios Therapon with its impressive dome, and, at the edge of the port, the Statue of Liberty. A classic meeting point for locals is the area around Sappho Square, and the other half of the horseshoe of the new southern port with its fashionable bars and cafés that draw crowds starting first thing in the morning. Stop there to enjoy the passersby and the nonstop action.

Sights

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TEDx Lesvos

The TEDxLesvos organized by a group of volunteers , is a nonprofit event and aims to bring the experience of TED in Lesvos and highlight ideas worth spreading .

The TEDxLesvos organized by a group of volunteers , is a nonprofit event and aims to bring the experience of TED in Lesvos and highlight ideas worth spreading .

Aegean Docs Festival 2015
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Aegean Docs Festival 2015

The AegeanDocs International Documentary Festival returns to its public from the 28th of September to the 4th of October in Mytilene and the whole region of North Aegean. 70 films from 22 countries awarded in the most acknowledged European festivals create a cultural audiovisual context based on human principles.The aim of the AegeanDocs is to promote political, social and historical documentaries, created by international cinema professionals and young amateurs from the island of Lesvos. Furthermore, during the festival, special tutorial film seminars will be organized exclusively for the audience in a closed partnership with the University of the Aegean. 

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Beach Street Festival

The Beach Street Festival (BSF) returns for the 3rd straight year, an artists’ festival which has become now a tradition, in the heart of the Greek summer. The 3rd Beach Street Festival will take place in the capital of Lesbos, Mytilene, from the 09th to the 12th of July.

The Beach Street Festival (BSF) returns for the 3rd straight year, an artists’ festival which has become now a tradition, in the heart of the Greek summer. The 3rd Beach Street Festival will take place in the capital of Lesbos, Mytilene, from the 09th to the 12th of July.

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The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum of Mytilene

The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum of Mytilene houses one of the most valuable collections of the Byzantine civilization and it is a significant cultural institution.

The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum of Mytilene houses one of the most valuable collections of the Byzantine civilization and it is a significant cultural institution.

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The Municipal Art Gallery

The Municipal Art Gallery is housed in an old three-floor building (it belonged to Halim Bey) and it is a typical sample of the local architecture.

The Municipal Art Gallery is housed in an old three-floor building (it belonged to Halim Bey) and it is a typical sample of the local architecture.

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The New Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

Very close to the old Archaeological Museum, in Kioski area, is located the new building of the museum. The erection of the new museum completed in 1995.

Very close to the old Archaeological Museum, in Kioski area, is located the new building of the museum. The erection of the new museum completed in 1995.

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The old Archaeological Museum of Mytilene

In the old building of the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, the visitors are presented with the history of Lesvos which dates from the last Neolithic Age to the late Roman period.

In the old building of the Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, the visitors are presented with the history of Lesvos which dates from the last Neolithic Age to the late Roman period.

Άγιος Ερμογένης
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Beaches close to Mytilini

During your stay in the city of Mytilini, you can go for swim to the nearby beaches. Below the castle of city, there is Tsamakia Beach. After paying a small entrance fee you can use sunbeds and umbrellas and you have drinks to the beach bar until late in the night. Further along Tsamakia Beach, there is Fykiotripa, a small cove with coarse pebbles.

During your stay in the city of Mytilini, you can go for swim to the nearby beaches. Below the castle of city, there is Tsamakia Beach.

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The Ancient Theater of Mytilini

The Ancient Theater of Mytilini dates from the early Hellenistic years and nowadays it maintains its final construction characteristics.

The Ancient Theater of Mytilini dates from the early Hellenistic years and nowadays it maintains its final construction characteristics.

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Agios Therapon

This majestic church is one of Mytilene’s landmarks. Built by the local architect Argyris Adalis, it was inaugurated in 1935. Its primary architectural style is cruciform with a central dome. The exterior decoration is the work of another local painter and sculptor, Nikolaous Kesanlis.

This majestic church is one of Mytilene’s landmarks. Built by the local architect Argyris Adalis, it was inaugurated in 1935. Its primary architectural style is cruciform with a central dome.

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Agios Athanasios

Today’s Metropolis Cathedral was built in the early 18th century and is located in the center of town. It is distinguished by its enormous Gothic-style bell tower. The church is a cruciform basilica with three aisles and a central dome.

Today’s Metropolis Cathedral was built in the early 18th century and is located in the center of town. It is distinguished by its enormous Gothic-style bell tower. The church is a cruciform basilica with three aisles and a central dome.

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Agioi Theodoroi

The triple-aisled basilica was built in 1795 to replace an older church that had burned to the ground. It is reported to have been the Cathedral of Mytilene at least some point after the sack of Lesvos by the Ottomans. The church’s frescos were painted in 1799.

The triple-aisled basilica was built in 1795 to replace an older church that had burned to the ground. It is reported to have been the Cathedral of Mytilene at least some point after the sack of Lesvos by the Ottomans.