Artistic Tradition of Pyrgos

Pyrgos is considered to be a big outdoor museum of marble art. The nearest marble quarry is located only 3 km away from the village and the farthest one at 10 km.

The social and historical circumstances transformed Pyrgos into one of the most important hubs of Marble art in Greece.

During the 18th century groups of sculptors created their art work not only in Greece, but also at the Turkish side of the Aegean , around the Black Sea, in Russia and Egypt as well.
From these artistic families, which maintained workshops in Pyrgos arose the most prominent sculptors of Greece, such as Chalepas, Koulouris, Gaitis ,Boulgaris and so many others.

The painters Nikiforos Litras, Giannis Gaitis, Nikos Gaitis., are also natives of Pyrgos.

Even today at the School of Fine Arts in Pyrgos, students are taught stone and marble chiselling and carving.

After the conclusion of their studies these artisans are mainly occupied in the restoration of monuments under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The marble Art has its obvious influence on the houses of Pyrgos which are full of samples of this fine art.
What really differentiates Tinos from other islands lies in the preserving of the original image of its mainland for decades, resisting the tourist flood, which has been detained thanks to the Mother of God – around the capital and the port.

Therefore the 48 villages of the mainland remained intact models of Cycladic Architecture.

The most prominent one is the village Pyrgos along with its tiny port Panormos.
We invite you to visit this unique northern part of Tinos walking through its narrow stone streets, admiring the traditional houses with the marble lintels above their doors, the whitewashed backyards full of flowers.
Visit the Museum of Chalepas – one of the most important sculptors of modern Greece, the Museum of Tinos artists and the Marble Sculpure Museum.
Enjoy your Greek coffee tasting traditional sweets on the village square, under the thick shadow of an aged plane-tree.

Take a walk out of the village along with your camera, on one of the many paths climbing up the hills, see the ruins of the old windmills.