A Greek National Monument

Statue of Admiral Miaoulis Hydra Hero from the Greek War of Independence Admiral Miaoulis Statue

The island's status as a monument came into being in the fifties and the restrictions imposed ensure that even today building work on the island must conform with the methods and style used circa 1800. So just as so many other Greek islands were blighted by a massive explosion of sixties careless building, Hydra remained safe thanks to the foresight of a small group of dedicated individuals who have ensured the architectural beauty of Hydra for future generations to enjoy. When you arrive it really is a bit like stepping back into history - even Admiral Miaoulis, whose statue dominates the entrance to the harbour in recognition of his part in leading Hydra during the overthrow of the Ottoman Empire at the start of the Greek War of Independance, would recognise most if not all of the houses and the layout still!

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