The island of Santorini, just like the rest of Greece, is abundant in beautiful churches that praise the marveling architecture of the Cyclades. A large portion of Santorini’s churches is cave-like, similar to the unique homes carved in the rocks of the caldera. The rest, pristine white with the signature blue domes are picture-perfect, an image unmistakably correlated to Santorini and the Cycladic isles.
Although the churches of Santorini amount to more than 600, we have selected the 10 most interesting churches to visit on the island.
// Episcopi – or Mesa Gonia is the most important Byzantine monument of Santorini, situated in the Old Village of Santorini, Episkopi Gonia.
// Panagia Sergena near Vothonas is a tiny temple carved in the volcanic rocks that was used as a refuge from pirate attacks.
// The church of Sotiras at Karterados is built in a Venetian style, with tower-like steeples.
// The imposing Panagia ton Eisodion at Megalochori features an impressive steeple, a wooden temple of exquisite artistry, multiple Russian icons and a unique, elaborate calendar with intricate paintings for each day of the year.
// Theotokaki, in the kasteli of Pyrgos is one of the oldest churches on the island dating back to the 9th century.
// Panagia Matrona in Finikia, one of the most charming churches of Santorini and perhaps the most favorite among the locals.
// The monastery of Profitis Ilias near the village of Pyrgos for its impressive architecture but also for the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the island and the sea.
// The Catholic Cathedral of Fira, a baroque-style church with an impressive clock tower is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and located in the catholic district of Fira.
// Panagia Malteza at Imerovigli is named after the island of Malta where the icon of Mother Mary was found. The red and black bell-tower is truly magnificent.
// The Mitropolis of Fira, featuring some exquisite murals and a breathtaking view of the caldera.
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