Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias of Thira

Monastery of Prophet Elias is must see place when visiting Santorini. It ‘s built in the highest peak of the island which is 567 meters above sea level. It was built in the early of 18th century and is one of the oldest monasteries of the island. Built in the style of a castle and has a rich architectural standards. It has carved iconostasis with houses monasteries. It holds manuscripts and a collection of ethnographic material.

Located between the villages of Pyrgos and Kamari. Taking the path from the Tower Square and proceed along the amaxotou road that passes through rocky landscapes and vineyards. Hiking there to go there offers a nice experience as you can enjoy all the natural beauty of Santorini.

The Monastery of Prophet Elias houses an important collection of rare religious objects, manuscripts and Byzantine icons. It also has workshops on printing, shoe manufacturing and candles. The monks also engaged in the production of wine. From the courtyard of the monastery is outstanding and unique view of the island of Santorini.

In the first two centuries of its construction, the monastery played an important role in economic and cultural life of the island. It owned a ship of the 18th century, which were making trade with the rest of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, bringing prosperity to the monastery. In the first half of the 19th century, opened a school Greek language and literature.

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