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Koryzis Square: Shade Trees and Antiquities

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It’s quiet. It’s handkerchief-sized. It’s unlike any other plateia, or quad, in the town. To many people it’s known simply as the «museum square» but its formal name is Plateia Koryzi. Concealed among shade trees and flowers, it is framed on one side by open-air exhibits from the Poros Archaeological Museum and two charmingly old-fashioned cafes.

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Koryzis square quietly awaits those who seek serenity. Day or night, it offers a tranquil refuge far from revving motorbikes and the jumble of music spilling out from the more fashionable cafes in the town center.

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The square is named after Alexandros Koryzis, the scion of a powerful local family who served briefly as prime minister of Greece during the second world war. His statue stands amid shade trees and fragrant rose bushes in the middle of the square, which is flanked by his former home that now houses the museum.

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This cozy square is the hub between the Poros waterfront and the town’s residential district. Narrow lanes and passages run both parallel and perpindular to the main road, linking the town to the Church of the Annunciation (Evangelismos) and Pounta.

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Thanks to its shade trees, Koryzis square is the perfect refuge in summer from both the heat and the crowds. This plateia has a more laid-back atmosphere and is enveloped in a special aura created by the charming combination of Poros’s architecture and calm. It’s a great spot to rest after exploring the town or to sip an ouzo while taking in the view of the Peloponnese coast across the water.

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Koryzis Square: Shade Trees and Antiquities

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