Santorini churches

On the island you will find many churches and chapels , usually with the classic colours of the island , blue dome and white temple which deserve a visit.
When the nameday of the Saints are celebrated , you will see decorated churches , many pilgrims and traditional festivals with food , music and a lot of wine.

Panagia Episkopi

One of the most beautiful and oldest churches of the island is Panagia Episkopi.
It is located in Episkopi Gonias (between Mesa Gonia and Kamari) and was build by the Byzantine emperor Komninos A. The paved yard and the church it self with the marble temple will amaze you. On the 15th of August there is a big festivity and after the service they offer fava, wine and grapes.

Other churches worth visiting

The orthodox cathedral of Mitropoli (Panagia Ypapanti)
Nameday on the 2nd of February), which has beautiful wallpantings painted by the local painter Christoforos Asimis and was rebuilt after the large earthquake of 1956. It is located in Fira and on the edge of the caldera, offering magnificent view.
The monastery of Agios Nikolaos (female nuns)
Located between the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli.

The monastery of Profitis Ilias (male monastery)
Located on the top of the mountain in Pyrgos, is an other significant sight of the island. It was built in the beginning of the 18th century and here you will see the beautiful carved wooden temple and impressive exhibits in the church's museum.

The holy church of Timios Stavros in Perissa
the biggest church of Santorini. It was built in the 19th century above the old basilica of Saint Irini.

The church of Panagias Akathistou
in the main square of Oia.
The holy church of Panagia ton Eisodion (Virgin Mary)
in Megalochori with carved wooden temple and russian icons.

And many more, such as Panagia Malteza in Imerovigli, Saint Epifanios in Akrotiri, Saints Anargyroi in Megalochori, Saints Eftapedes (7 children) in Oia (located in a cave on the base of the Caldera), Panagia tou Kalou (Virgin Mary of good) in Kouloumpo and more, that reach a number of 300 that adorn the island.