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Cathedral of Santorini

The Cathedral of Santorini is located in one of the busiest parts of Fira, with an endless view of the volcano and the settlement itself, which is built amphitheatrically on the caldera.

It is dedicated to the Hypapanti of Sotira and was founded at the beginning of the 19th century. The small wall in front of the temple, where crowds of people gather to admire the sunset every evening is called budi, while the frescoes of the Santorinian painter Christoforos Asimis adorn the interior of the temple.

Prophet Ilias Monastery

The Monastery of Prophet Ilias in Santorini is the largest monastery on the island. It was founded in 1711 on the top of the mountain of the same name, in the southeastern part of Santorini, near Pyrgos.

Until the 19th century, women’s vestments were valid with few exceptions, but today women are admitted to the Catholic and Archontariki. There are also two collections, the Folklore Collection, with old furniture and objects, and the Ecclesiastical Collection, with great icons and sacred utensils. Tradition says that the very icon of the Prophet Elias Monastery is miraculous and that it has helped Santorini in times of great drought.

The Monastery is known for its philanthropic and social work, while the view from the monastery grounds to the whole of Santorini is enchanting.

Panagia of Malta

One of the many churches in Imerovigli, Santorini is Panagia the Maltese. Although someone hearing this name might expect the church to be of the Catholic denomination, it is nevertheless Orthodox, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and celebrated on November 21, when there is a litany of the icon and a great festival.

It owes its name to the fact that the icon of the Virgin Mary worshiped there was found in the sea, near Malta, by a Santorini captain.

Maritime Museum of Oia

The Maritime Museum of Oia in Santorini describes through objects, documents, relics and photographs the rich maritime history of the island, which especially in the 19th century was a great power in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

It is housed in an impressive 19th century captain’s house and houses models of the ships that belonged to Santorinian shipowners, anchors, rare bows, extants, various accessories, watercolors of sailing ships, rare documents, charter agreements, dowry agreements and wills, as well as rich photographic material.

Saint Matrona

Agia Matrona is the dominant temple in Finikia, the village next to Oia. It was built in 1859 by Frangiskos Platis, a shipowner originally from Oia, it has an elaborate bell tower and its forecourt is adorned with a palm tree, a characteristic image and reference point of the village.

The double-bell bell tower, painted in a strong shade of orange, stands out in the traditional settlement. A large traditional festival is held there on her feast day, on October 20.

A guide to the most important attractions of Santorini, which those who visit must see, even once.


Emporio of Santorini is the most populous settlement of the island and is located approximately 12 kilometers south of Fira, near Akrotiri, at the foot of Prophet Ilias. The traditional Kasteli of Emporio is preserved to this day in very good condition, as is the medieval Goulas.

The old Primary School, built in 1900 with a donation from Andreas Sygrou, is still considered a sight to see, while just outside the village is the famous beach of Perissa, one of the most popular in Santorini. Even from afar, facing the village, the visitor sees the ornate bell tower of Panagia Messiani, located inside the castle.


Akrotiri of Santorini is known because of the great discovery of the prehistoric settlement. The modern settlement is built on the southern tip of the island, very close to one of the most famous beaches of Santorini, the Red Beach.

It is characterized by Kastelli, the medieval castle at its highest point and has excellent tourist infrastructure, from tourist accommodation, to cafes, restaurants and water sports. One of the areas that the visitor deserves to see is Balos or Palos, a small bay just outside the village.

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