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.

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2nd Greek & Turkish festival 2012

Over 25,000 visitors are expected to pass the gate of Marina Mytilene during the second Greek-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Cultural Festival to be held from 22 to 25 June in Mytilene.

Over 25,000 visitors are expected to pass the gate of Marina Mytilene during the second Greek-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Cultural Festival to be held from 22 to 25 June in Mytilene.

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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.

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Archeological Museum of Mytilene

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city. It contains finds from the excavations of the famous prehistoric settlement at Thermi, as well as exceptional column capitals from the island’s celebrated Aeolic temples.

The Archeological Museum is housed in two buildings. The old building is a former mansion and estate. With its lavish carved decoration, the building on its own is characteristic of the early 20th century eclectic architecture in the city.

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The Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum

This museum has operated since 1978 in a private building in the center of town, just opposite the entrance to the church of Agios Therapon. Among its exhibits is a collection of portable icons spanning more than seven centuries, the oldest of which date from the 13th century.

This museum has operated since 1978 in a private building in the center of town, just opposite the entrance to the church of Agios Therapon.

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The Museum of Modern Art Eleftheriadis Tériade

The Museum and Library are housed in the same building as the Theophilos Museum. Sixteen of its 20 rooms display the 29 books by the prominent art critic and publisher Eleftheriadis-Tériade, with illustrations by famous 20th century artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Villon, Leger, Matisse, and others.

The Museum and Library are housed in the same building as the Theophilos Museum. Sixteen of its 20 rooms display the 29 books by the prominent art critic and publisher Eleftheriadis-Tériade...

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The Theophilos Museum

This museum displays the paintings of the famous local folk artist Theophilos. In operation since 1965, you will find it nestled in a verdant olive grove in the Mytilene suburb of Vareia.

This museum displays the paintings of the famous local folk artist Theophilos. In operation since 1965, you will find it nestled in a verdant olive grove in the Mytilene suburb of Vareia.

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The Mytilene Fortress

The invitation to a journey back in time inevitably means an exploration of the island’s past through the ruins of the castle and its fortifications. These eloquent monuments tell of the role the fortress has played in the life and protection of the city from the Byzantine era to the present day.

The invitation to a journey back in time inevitably means an exploration of the island’s past through the ruins of the castle and its fortifications.

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The Ancient Theatre of Mytilene

The celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

The celebrated Ancient Theatre is situated on the northern hill of the city in a pine-wooded area opposite the fortress, near the old refugee quarter. It was built in Hellenistic times and restored by the Romans.

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Tsarsi Hamam, Geni Tzami

Continuing north of  the city of Mytilene, an alleyway on your left contains the 19th century Tsarsi Hamam. Both these elegant remnants of the Turkish occupation currently function as exhibition spaces.

Continuing north of  the city of Mytilene, an alleyway on your left contains the 19th century Tsarsi Hamam. Both these elegant remnants of the Turkish occupation currently function as exhibition spaces.

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Mytilene

For those of you wishing to spend time in the city, the beaches of Vareia, Vigla, Neapoli, and Kratigos on the way to the airport are a quick solution. Another nearby spot is Blokia, behind the statue of Liberty on the outer side of the breakwater, is a great place for shallow diving.

For those of you wishing to spend time in the city, the beaches of Vareia, Vigla, Neapoli, and Kratigos on the way to the airport are a quick solution. Another nearby spot is Blokia.