Churches in Santorini

Santorini is famous for the much photographed blue domed and colorful churches that can be seen in the entire island. Each church bears witness to a unique history and has a feast to celebrate, upon which great festivals take place in the villages. Religious plays a significant role in the life of the locals.

The largest church of Santorini is the Orthodox Cathedral located at the center of Fira. It was founded in the 19th century and its interior is adorned with striking frescoes. In the close distance is the Catholic Cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. During the Byzantine times was built the famous church of Panagia Episkopi that has survived many invasions and is well-preserved up to this day. In the Catholic neighborhood of Fira lies the Domenican Convent, a place with the unique insight of the artwork that prevailed in Santorini during the medieval times. Today it is inhabited by 12 nuns.

Between the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli, you will find Agios Nikolaos monastery. Inside the complex is an ecclesiastical and a folklore museum. On a hillside above Perissa beach is the chapel of Panagia Katefiani, worth visiting for its fabulous location. The Monastery of Prophet Elias offers an ideal trekking route, passing through the rocky landscape of Santorini and the best view, located on the island's highest spot. Churches of great interest can be found in the smaller villages as well.

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Catholic Cathedral

Fira
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.
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Prophet Elias Monastery

Pyrgos
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.
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Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Fira
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.
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Church of Panagia Episkopi

Mesa Gonia
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.
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Agios Nikolaos Monastery

Firostefani
The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos is located between Firostefani and Imerovigli. Founded in 1674, it hosts important relics and Byzantine icons.
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Holy Trinity Church

Pyrgos
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.
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Church of Holy Cross

Perissa
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.
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Panagia Katefiani

Perissa
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.
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Dominican Convent

Fira
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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