Info on the island complex
Fournoi Island is the third island of Samos ‘ prefecture. Fournoi is an island complex southwest of Samos and southeast of Ikaria . Fournoi are accessible by ships, boats and flying dolphins. The complex consists of 12 islands, 3 large (Fournoi, Thymaina, Agios Minas) and 9 smaller which are an ideal environment for seabirds among which is the rare sea-gull of the Aegean (Aigaioglaros). The area is a part of Natura 2000 program.
The largest island of the complex is Fournoi with the homonymous capital amphitheatrically built over the beautiful Aegean. Fournoi has a natural port and it is inhabited by 2000 people. You can find anything in the island’s shops: food, meat, clothing, glassware, present etc. The inhabitants exercise fishing, cattle-raising, apiculture, constructions, trade and tourism while a large percentage of them are mariners. On the island there are cars. Wandering around Fournoi the visitor is charmed. Taking the road up to the square, the visitor passes through the ‘road with the mulberry trees’. This beautiful picture is completed by the square with its plane-tree. There the visitor can enjoy a coffee in traditional coffee-shops. Most of the island’s restaurants are by the sea.
Works to clear Ai Giorgis hill, revealed an Acropolis-fortress similar to the one in Drakanon, Ikaria . The monument’s name is known by a phrase curved by a guard of the ancient acropolis marble. The acropolis’ size is about 36 acres. Its wall that still stands is 2 meters tall and two meters wide. On the west side there are rectangular stones used for offerings. The site is very interesting and the sarcophagus on the foot of the hill shows that the area outside the acropolis was probably used as a cemetery.
Kamari is on the west side of the island and owes its name to a semi-cylindrical dome. In the area there is a settlement. Building remains have been found from the hill to the beach and even to the sea. Inside the water there are rectangular stone walls.
On the hill, in the courtyard of Taxiarches church there are columns made of limestone, granite and marble. There are also obvious signs of grave robbing.
The roman sarcophagus, that is today in the square of Fournoi , was found in Mr. Gramatikos’ lot after a request of the owner for an excavation. The sarcophagus is 1.10 m tall, 2.38 m long and 1.10 m wide. It is decorated with relief circles and rings.
The sarcophagus is similar to the other two that were found in ancient Inoi and now can be seen in Ikaria ‘s Kambos collection. The way the sarcophagus was placed, makes the specialists assume that this was its original location and that in ancient times this location was used as a cemetery.
On a small gulf in Petrokopio there is an ancient quarry and the slope is full of scattered marble pieces as well as many architectural parts such as columns and an ionic capital sized 2.2 x 1.2 meters. It is an important archaeological site. There is one other ancient quarry in “Tsiganario”.
On Agia Triada hill in Chrysomilia there is a white marble, rectangular building, built on slate foundations. Marble architectural parts are scattered all-over the hill. North of Agia Triada there is a tiled ground of an old church made partly of materials from the ancient building. The construction and location prove that it is a Hellenistic tower similar to the one in Drakanon, Ikaria .
In Fournoi there are many chapels. The largest of them are: Ai Giannis, Panagia, Agia Marina Evangelistria and Agios Theologos.
The people of Fournoi have always been deeply religious. All the chapels of the island are very cleaned and cared. An example for that are the mantles covering each icon as an indication of care for the Saints represented on them.