Santorini Churches

As is the case throughout the Cyclades, Santorini is abundant with more than 450 churches of all shapes and sizes. The ecclesiastical architecture of Santorini is notable for its delicacy and plasticity. Both features stem from the free creative imagination of the local folk craftsmen.

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Located in Fira center overlooking the volcano and the sea. The original church was built in 1827. It was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1956, which levelled the church. The frescoes inside were painted by Christoforos Assimis, a local artist of exceptional talent.

Panagia Episkopi

Near Mesa Gonia is the church of Panagia Episkopi, founded by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus.

The marble templon of the church is a rare example of marble-carving combined with wax decoration. The wall paintings of the church date from around 1100.

Prophet Elias Monastery

Above Pyrgos village, on the homonymous mountain stands the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which was founded at the beginning of the 18th century. Apart from the carved wooden templon, the monastery houses important old books, manuscripts and a collection of ethnographic material.


Agios Nikolaos Monastery

The monastery lies between Firostefani and Imerovigli. It was founded in 1651 and is dedicated to three saints, Panteleimon, Zoodohos Pigi, and Nicholas. The monastery houses a fine Byzantine icon of Saint Nicholas.

Catholic Cathedral

This baroque church with its elegant bell tower was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1956.

It is dedicated to St John the Baptist and is part of the Catholic Quarter in the center of Fira.

Dominican Convert

Located in the Catholic Quarter, in the center of Fira, with 12 nuns from different countries.

The convent church, named Rozaria, is a fine example of island architecture embellished with baroque features.


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