Psara, George Sirian's Birthplace, in 2010

(click here to see 2002 pictures)


West side of the town of Psara

Port and town of Psara

Port of Psara

Entry to the port of Psara


Town plaza

Massacre Monument

Kanaris Monument

Agios Nikolas Monument

Portrait of George Sirian in the Town Hall

Promontory, looking east

Promontory beach, facing south

Promontory beach, facing west

Antipsara, as seen to the west from the Promontory

Women's Monument, facing east, with explosion crater in the left foreground

Ruins of the Paleokastro walls, facing north toward the town

Ruins of the Paleokastro walls, facing east toward the port


Candles at the Monastery

Agios Giorgios

Monastery, eastern side

Monastery, western side


October 2010 marked a return trip to Psara to revisit the place of George's birth and to see other descendants of the Sarighannis family.  Social media has helped keep everyone in touch and visits continue in Greece and the U.S.!

The top row of pictures shows the port and town of Psara, seen from the Promontory at the southern tip of the island.

The second row shows the revamped town square and three monuments:  an obelisk at the harbor commemorating the heroes who gave their lives in the cause of Psariote resistance (on which the names of several members of the Sarighannis family are listed); a monument to Psara native Konstantinos Kanaris;  and a monument to Agios Nikolas (St. Nicholas), patron saint of mariners.

The third row shows the portrait of George Sirian from 1828, painted four years after he last saw Psara.  The other three pictures are from the beach that extends east from the foot of the Promontory, a beach like the unknown one where, as George himself related to family members, his mother pushed him into a boat to safety.

The fourth row features pictures taken while standing on the Promontory, showing Antipsara, to the west;  the Women's Monument;  the explosion crater;  and the ruins of the Paleokastro.

The fifth row has pictures taken at the Monastery at the north end of the island, including candles lit for George and family members;  a picture of Agios Giorgios (St. George);  and views of the Monastery from the east and west sides, facing south.

At the time of this visit, Psara was reachable year-round by ferries from neighboring Chios and also from the port of Lavrio, a bus ride from Athens, but a characteristic late-October storm caused an unscheduled two-night stay in Chios, until the weather cleared.