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Santorini is pretty well known for its blue domed churches and chapels with painted arches and blue domes. The combination of the lively blue and striking white is simply amazing.
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Key Facts & Information
- It is commonly believed that Santorini is in fact Atlantis. The history of Santorini after this is similar to the rest of Greece, being occupied by Dorian Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks until the independence of Greece.
- In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town was a mariners’ town that flourished as a result of seaborne trade throughout the Mediterranean, particularly as part of the trade route between Russia and Alexandria. In 1890, Oia had approximately 2,500 residents and approximately 130 sailing ships.
- It is built on the steep slope of the caldera and the houses and restaurants are built into niches carved into the caldera on the seaward side. There are narrow passageways and a central square.
- The sunlight hours in this village are much longer than in the Firatown. The paths are very narrow and get congested during the tourist season.
- The idyllic surroundings of the town have traditional Cycladic houses and cave houses carved into the rock face on top of the cliff. It is set in a location which provides excellent views of the sunset over the caldera.
- The blue domed churches with the white crosses and sleek bell towers are a classic postcard shot. In Santorini, it’s not only about the religious sentiment; it’s about aesthetics and the development and preservation of a unique architectural pattern that makes the island stand out.
- Once in Santorini, the painted arches and blue domes are sure to catch your attention, since they perfectly match the blue sky with the backdrop of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.
- Blue is a significant color for the Greeks as it reflects the color of their seas and skies and of their everyday life.
- A few of the beautiful churches in Santorini are used as wedding venues for the many weddings conducted on this romantic isle. As with other Greek Islands and mainland Greece, the Church plays a significant role in the lives of the Greek people.
- Although Santorini is a rather small island, it is overrun with religious monuments including chapels, churches, and monasteries that are scattered throughout its various villages.
- Sanctity emanates from each temple and they all boast a long history and unique holy icons. Some are tiny chapels dug into the rock. Many are simple, whitewashed churches adorned with blue domes. Others are remarkable cathedrals and glorious monasteries that stand out for their majestic characteristics.
- The most well-known blue domed churches of Santorini are:
- Santorini Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: Built in 1827, and the largest church in Santorini. This church dominates the centre of Fira, with its large white dome visible from all directions.
- Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: Features beautiful frescoes and an impressive bell tower, while offering stunning views of the caldera and volcano of Santorini. In 1956, it was damaged by a catastrophic earthquake but was soon renovated.
- Santorini Catholic Cathedral: Located in the Catholic neighborhood of Fira village and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the unique Catholic church on the island stands out from afar due to its peach coloured exterior and impressive clock tower. The church was severely damaged by the earthquake in 1956 and was renovated in 1975.
- St Gerasimos Orthodox Church: Located in Firostefani village and offering a great view of the caldera, this beautiful church stands out due to its impressive blue-coloured dome.
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