Chora (Central village of Astypalaia)Built in the Cycladic style, Chora dressed in white, spreads on a hillside retreating into the sea, and is crowned by the Venetian Castle, built by the noble Quirini family, offering a breathtaking view to its visitors. In the castle there are two all-white churches with ornate towers, the Virgin of the Castle (Evangelistria) and Saint George. On the mountainside, stand eight stone windmills, most of them have been renovated and used by the municipality for cultural events during the annual festival and as a tourist information office.
The white church in Chora situated below the castle is certifiably one of the most picturesque in the Dodecanese. Built in mid-18th century, its wooden decorations, covered in gold foil, are unique in their kind. On August 14th & 15th, a grand feast takes place in the church’s inner yard, where is served the traditional roasted lamb among other unique local delicacies.