The church of Panagia Episkopi in Santorini was built in the 11th century in the area of Mesa Gonia.
It has survived many invasions and earthquakes but it is well-preserved to this day. You reach it up a bumpy road and close can admire the orange tile roof and notice the faded front.
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Initially, the church was used as an Orthodox Metropolis and during the Venetian times, the church belonged to the Catholics. It finally returned to the Orthodox people. Today, the church hosts many interesting frescoes and holy icons from the 11th and 12th century.
How to get there
Panagia Episkopi Church is located in Mesa Gonia village.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of scheduling a direct pickup by a local driver at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a car allows visitors to discover Mesa Gonia and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transfers: The Church of Panagia Episkopi is a 12-minute walk from the 8th stop of the bus route Fira > Kamari. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. There are buses to Kamari approximately every hour. Note that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.