Churches in Santorini
The Catholic Cathedral is very close to the Orthodox Church. It is located in the Catholic quarter of Fira Santorini and distinguishes for its vibrant colors. The church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The bell tower was rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1956 that hit the island.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias is located on the highest peak of Santorini, at an altitude of 565m. It is a great destination for trekking and gives a gorgeous view of the island. It also hosts a small ecclesiastical museum.
The Orthodox Cathedral stands in Fira. Originally built in 1827, the church got serious damages from the earthquake that his Santorini in 1956, so it was rebuilt. It has beautiful frescoes painted by the local artist Christoforos Assimis.
The church of Panagia Episkopi is one of the most important Byzantine churches on Santorini. South of Mesa Gonia village, this church was constructed in the 12th century AD and it is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary.
The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos is located between Firostefani and Imerovigli. Founded in 1674, it hosts important relics and Byzantine icons.
The church of Holy Trinity has been constructed according to the traditional style. Located in Pyrgos village, it also houses a small museum with Byzantine icons and ecclesiastical clothing.
Located in the central square of Perissa, the church of Holy Cross is among the largest churches in Santorini. It was originally constructed in the 19th century and was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1956.
This small church is located on a hillside above the beach of Perissa, on the way to Ancient Thira. Due to its location, it offers a marvelous view to the sea.
The Dominican Convent is dedicated to Saint Catherine. Founded in 1596, the convent works till today and has 12 nuns from different countries. It is located in the Catholic quarter of Fira, next to the Catholic Cathedral.
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