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Monastery of Capuchin

A little lower but in close proximity to the Jesuit Monastery, there is the Capuchin Monastery, dedicated to Saint John and located in the village of Ano Syros. The monastery was founded in 1653 by King Louis II of France and today has no monks except the Abbot. It is an important monastery that played an important role in the religious and social life of the Castle, while its yard has been in history as the meeting space of the island's decoration. They used to attribute justice and founded schools and hospitals. In the wider area of ​​the monastery there is, besides the historical temple of Ag. Ioannis (which was the Catholic Cathedral of the island for the period between 1639-1652), a guesthouse and a chapel. In fact, under the temple there are deep underground buildings that occasionally served as protector crypts from pirate raids. It is said that the Ottoman Empire, which may have been in Syros, was going to hide in the Capuchin monastery every time a pirate ship appeared on the horizon. After 1896, they were used to house the bones and tombstones that belonged to the old Catholic families.