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Styra (Greek: Στύρα) is a town on the southwestern shore of Euboea, facing the eastern shore of Attica across the Evoikos Gulf. Nowadays it can be reached by ferryboat from the tiny harbor of Aghia Marina, as well as by road from Halkida (ancient Chalkis).
Above the port there is a hill where the church of Saints Kostantine and Helen is situated with a breath-taking panoramic view of the coast and Stouronisi (Styra Island).
Styra is a very popular destination for Athenians during the summer period.
After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Albanians migrated into the area.
Actually there are two cities, Nea Styra (New) and Palaia Styra (Old).
In between Nea Styra and Palaia Styra was the ancient city of Styra, a city mentioned by Homer’s Iliad (Rhapsody B).
Additionally near Styra there are ancient structures standing which are 4,500 years old and are constructed using Megalithic Architecture. They are called Drakospita (i.e. Dragon Houses) and have been built using huge one piece stones (monoliths).
The size of each of these stones is 4.0m length x 2.5m width x 1.5m height, similar to those found in the Philippines and at Stonehenge. Nea Styra can be reached nowadays by taking the ferry from Agia Marina harbour sited at N.E. of Athens and today it takes about 40 minutes of travel to go from the one harbour to the other. Ships left from the ancient city state of Styra to aid in the rescue of Helen of Troy.
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