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The island of Skyros is located east of Evia. The word Skyros means rubble of stone and as many historians believe, Skyros got its name from “Skyria stone”, the famous Skyros colored marble, with which the Romans decorated their mansions.
The island has dense vegetation in the Northeast, while the southeastern part of the island is rocky. «Hora» is the largest settlement on the island.
According to Greek mythology, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, was from Skyros, as Sophocles mentions in his tragedy “Philoctetes”, Theseus died in Skyros.
Skyros was conquered by the Macedonians, the Romans, the Athenians. In 1538, Jaredin Barbarossa occupied the island and became part of the Ottoman Empire. The inhabitants were forced to take refuge in the famous castle of the island, because they were beset by pirates.
The island offered financial and naval assistance to the Greek revolution of 1821 and later joined the newly formed Greek state.