The Monastery of Prophet Elias in Santorini: The Monastery of Prophet Elias is built on the highest peak of Santorini, at 565 meters above the sea. This Monastery is one of the oldest of Santorini as it was built in 1712. It is found between Pyrgos and Kamari villages and the road passes through rocky landscapes and vineyards. Trekking there is a nice experience as you can enjoy all the natural beauty of Santorini.
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In the first two centuries of its construction, this monastery played a major role in the economic and cultural life of the island. Built in the style of a fortress, the monastery used to owe a ship in the 18th century, which carried out trade business with the rest of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, bringing prosperity to the Monastery. In the first half of the 19th century, it ran a school of Greek language and literature. The monastery started to decline in the 1860s and suffered much destruction in the strong earthquake that hit Santorini in 1956.
Today the Monastery of Prophet Elias hosts an important collection of rare ecclesiastical items, hand-written books, and Byzantine icons. It also has workshops on printing, shoemaking and candle making. The monks also deal with winemaking. From the yard of the Monastery, you get excellent and breathtaking views of the whole island of Santorini.
Tours and activities related to Prophet Elias Monastery
The Monastery of Prophet Elias is located 4 km from Pyrgos village.
Tours: Visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias with an organized tour, starting from 50€.
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 your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
Car rental: There’s the option of renting a car with as little as 14.5 euro per day and pick it up directly from your hotel. You can then visit the Monastery of Prophet Elias but also many other places of interest.
Public transfers: The Monastery of Prophet Elias is 3 km away from the 15th stop of the bus route Fira > Kamari and from the 9th stop of the bus route Fira > Perissa, so the best option is to rent a car. Fira is where the central bus station of the island is located. There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island.There are buses to Kamari approximately every hour. and buses to Perissa approximately every 1.5 hours. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.