Santorini Journals

Ancient Thira and Other Historic Sites

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A June 2008 trip to Santorini by MichaelJM

The church of Episkopi Photo, Santorini, Greece More Photos
Quote: Ancient Thira was a must to visit - set high over the island it gives great views of santorini and a real insight into history

Ancient Thera/Thira

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Attraction | "Ancient Thira"

Ancient Thera/Thira Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Our travel representative had suggested that you could get to Ancient Thira by walking up the cliff from the Parissa side. She did preface her comment by suggesting that it was not an easy walk as the track was ill-defined and there were several loose stones on route. She’s taken the climb on a couple of occasions and it had taken her, from the base of the cliff, almost two hours. Now she was a fit and healthy 20 year old and I reckon it would take me a bit longer to walk and that wasn’t something I fancied doing in the heat of a Greek day.Checking it out further she suggested that an alternative was to take the water taxi from Perissa to Kamari and then catch the mini-bus from the town up...Read More

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Ancient Thera/Thira
Access From Road at Kamari
Santorini, Greece

Ancient Thera/Thira

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Attraction | "Into the Heart of Ancient Thira"

Ancient Thera/Thira Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Having made it to the top the first site to explore was that of the church of Agios Stefanos. This had been built on the ruins of an early Christian Basilica dating back to the mid 6th century which it’s likely was destroyed by earthquake. The current church has real age as this was constructed towards the end of the 8th Century. It is "rough and modest" but a true testament to the tenacity of Christians who erected this place of worship at a time when the majority of the islanders were not of that persuasion. The continuation of this holy site must have made quite a statement to the Arab invaders of the time. From the Church of Saint Stephen it was quite a walk up the trail to the main s...Read More

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Ancient Thera/Thira
Access From Road at Kamari
Santorini, Greece

Episkopi Church

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The church of Episkopi Photo, Santorini, Greece
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The Panagia Episkopi is a renowned church on the island and its fame is certainly not over-rated. It’s a fascinating church to visit although we did find it a little bit difficult to track down and when we found it were surprised to see that it was guarded by a range of CCTV cameras. Somehow this seemed a little bizarre but as the place was full of so many treasures I guess we could understand the thinking. It was just a shame that they failed to merge very well into the background.However, having made the short walk from the tiny car park the church grounds were a different world. A courtyard garden – making use of re-cycled tins for containers – was a mass of bright colours and the male ...Read More

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Monastery of Profitis Ilias

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Attraction | "Holy Monastery of Prophet Eliza"

Monastery of Profitis Ilias Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Just outside of Pyrgos on what I believe to be the highest part of the island is the The Holy Monastery of the Prophet Eliza (Profiti Ilias Monastery). This is well worth a visit but you’ll need to stay fairly observant, as the road signs aren’t brilliant. There’s a sharp right turn off the main road from Emporio followed by a narrow and twisty road to the summit. Well I say the summit, but you’re not able to take cars right to the top and its best to pull in just before the road narrows. We didn’t have a problem finding a parking space but there was the odd notice indicating no parking zones. Part of this land is still owned by the military so you need to be mindful of that when parking –...Read More

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Monastery of Profitis Ilias
2 Km Northeast of Pyrgos
Santorini, Greece
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Pyrgos

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pyrgos Photo, Santorini, Greece
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Pyrgos is in the centre of Santorini and less than 5 miles away from the capital town of Fira. It has a commanding position on the island as it’s built on the top of a hill and there are some absolutely superb views across to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni.We ignored the signs leading to a very run down and bumpy parking lot preferring to park on the more even verge of the road real close to the centre of town and then strode off purposefully to what we assumed was the centre of the village. It’s not a huge place and the shops and bars are all on the main road whilst the main town is a veritable maze of narrow, twisty and poorly stepped cobbled streets. It seemed as if Pyrgos is stuck i...Read More

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