Η Χώρα της Αμοργού
Hora is the capital of Amorgos, built on the Southeastern side of the mountain of Profitis Elias among other smaller hills. It has 414 inhabitants, according to the Census of 2001. It impresses its visitors with its elegance, its beautiful and rare architecture, its numerous churches and its Castle and its beautiful windmills. The location was picked, by the inhabitants of Amorgos in the olden times so that the village was not visible from the sea which gave them time to hide when pirates came to the island. The port of Hora is Katapola, where the first Horaites (people from Hora) came and built houses and shops when the Greek State in 1832 put an end to the depredations of pirates.
As you get off the boat and into a car heading to Hora, first you pass through the settlement of Rachidi and then you encounter the road that connects Katapola to Hora, approximately 5 km long, which unfolds like a snake on the mountain. Passing through the new settlement of Kaotelopetras (which is located about half way through the journey), the view of the valley with the Gulf of Katapola is indescribable.
Just as the road begins to straighten out you can see beautiful Hora appearing, with the Castle on the left and on the right of the village, on the back of the hill, the windmills. The scenery evokes a strong desire within to stop and make a painting. Entering the cobbled road of Hora one is impressed by its rare Cycladic architecture, all designed to make the lives of the previous residents easier. Churches and houses close to each other, courtyards that smell of delicious honeysuckle and jasmine flowers, pots of basil and gillyflower on the steps outside the doors of houses, all give a scented atmosphere that uplifts you.
Most of the shops of Hora are located on the main road where the oldest streets are found.
Taverns, ouzeries, gift shops, all in traditional buildings and decorated with care by their owners, add an extra element to the beauty of Hora.
The architecture of Hora, is something unique in the Cyclades. The streets are narrow, clean and whitewashed. The neighbouring homes and limited space are the reason for the joining of roofs with contiguous floors to create patios or an extra room. This created the famous “emprostiades” (shades), which is a rare phenomenon and pleasant to everyone.
We also suggest you visit the windmills in the southeastern part of Hora, at the location of Troullou and all the neighborhoods above and below the village. The cobblestone streets, the many churches, the good mornings to be exchanged with the hospitable Horaites will reward you for the honour you paid Amorgos to visit its hospitable capital.