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3/09/2016

A Human and the Ancient world



Discovering Ancient Thira
Santorini

This naturally fortified spot was an ideal place for the Spartan colonists to found their city. They built two roads, one to Kamari, where they had their port, and the other to Perissa. The strategic location of the town was appreciated later by the Ptolemies. In the 4th century BC, the most important era in the history of the island, Ancient Thira was transformed into an Egyptian naval base with the installation there of a large garrison..

5/29/2014

Lovely afternoon in Kamari

 

Kamari Santorini: Kamari is a famous beach resort of Santorini situated 10 km southeast of Fira, the island's capital. Quite similar to the landscape of Perissa, the beach is covered by black sand while on the left side of the beach is an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea. The area is extremely attractive, especially at night when the rock shines in the dark.

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5/15/2014

Faros Lighhouse at Akrotiri


The Akrotiri Lighthouse is among the oldest lighthouses in this part of the world and was constructed way back in 1892. It stands like a sentinel on the southern peninsula of Santorini island.
It stands like a sentinel towards the on the southern peninsula of Santorini island. The lighthouse of Akrotiri is conspicuous by its square shaped tower that looms above 10 meters from the lighthouse warden's house. Initially, the lighthouse was operated by petrol fuel. But with the introduction of electricity in the year 1988, it has been operated electronically and reportedly emits a radiant white light at intervals of 20 seconds. According to historical records, the Akrotiri Lighthouse was built by a renowned French trading company in the year 1892. The peripheral area surrounding the lighthouse is replete with vestiges of the Minoan period which is regarded by many scholars as the high water mark of the Aegean culture and civilization. The best time to visit the Akrotiri Lighthouse is during sunset. The view of the red molten ball dipping into the azure blue Aegean Sea makes for a kaleidoscopic vignette.
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The sunset viewed from the stone wall around its countryard is one of the most beautiful on the island.
 
 
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5/12/2014

Old Ammoudi Port


Ammoudi, old port in Santorini, is a tiny charming port with a very small beach in the caldera at the foot of the village of Oia (it is located some 200 steps below Oia) with clear blue green water which get deep just after a few steps (something that families wiht children should cautious about). Ammoudi Thanks to its scenic enviroment with the imposive colorful volcanic rocks shadowind the sea it attracks many visitors. 
 
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5/11/2014

Santorini Photo Safari - Skaros Rock



Take a your time  to see the breathtaking beauty of Santorini from a whole new perspective.. So grab  you camera ,a hat, some good shoes and a water bottle and prepare for some amazing views.
Skaros Rock - Walking the medieval fortress  was one of the five fortified settlements and the most important one. The rock was inhabited in medieval times, because the fortress constructed there offered protection from pirates.
The original castle, known as ‘Epano Kastro’ (Upper castle in Greek) or 'La Roka' was built in the later Byzantine years by the Venetian Giacomo Barozzi. The first Duke of Naxos Marco Sanudo gave Santorini to Giacomo Barozzi in the year of 1207.
A whole settlement was built around and below Epano Kastro, the 'Kasteli' of Skaros. The densely populated Catholic settlement had 200 houses, and to reach its walls required at least half an hour’s walk. At the top of the rock hung a large bell, to warn inhabitants of imminent pirate raids.

The promontory at Skaros has been shaken repeatedly by strong earthquakes. Historical sources say that earthquakes during the eruptions of 1650, 1701 to 1711, and 1866 to 1870 caused considerable damage. The Venetian noble families that lived there decided to leave after the eruptions of 1707 to 1711.
Skaros was the capital of Santorini until the 18th century, although evacuation of Skaros started at the beginning of the 17th century. The rich Roman Catholics who had once lived there had moved to the town of Fira, abandoning the castle for a lower flatter level with access to the sea.



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9/20/2012

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4/28/2011

Santorini

Santorini is one of the best places on earth as far as sunset viewing is concerned. In fact few places can match the sheer beauty of Santorini’s sunset views. Visitor to the island fallen in love with bewitchingly beautiful sunsets that can be savored from many vantage positions in the island.

Santorini Sunsets over Caldera are the best in the world!!

 
Santorini is perhaps the most fascinating and most talked about islandof Greece in the Aegean. Only the name of the island is enough to unfold in mind pleasurable connotations, volcanic landscape, gray and red beaches, dazzling white houses, terraces with panoramic sea views, stunning sunsets, wild fun. All this, together with remnants of lost civilizations discovered in the volcanic ash justify the epithets with which visitors identify Santorini and fairly is called, magical, indescribable, astonishing.
The volcano is still active, and the last eruption was in 1950, causing an earthquake that destroyed many villages on the island. The island's official name is Thira and its main town, Fira, is also the capital of the Cyclades islands.

Oia Village

Oia, is one of the most beautiful villages of the island, carved out of the cliffs and clinging to the edge. The architecture is amazing and is highlighted by the stark white of the buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. It has often been compared to the eagle's nest! Enjoy the panoramic view of caldera, the volcano, Thirassia Island, and the rest of Santorini looking back toward Fira.

Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani

Fira is the capital of the island and the most important village. It is perched on the edge of an impressive cliff 260 m high and offers a great panorama over the submerged volcano.The main square of Fira (Platia Theotokopoulou) it is where all the locals meet. During the peak season the small narrow streets are crowed and are filled with all kinds of shops, jewelleries, café, restaurants, bars and night clubs
Immerovigli is a picturesque traditional village situated only 2 km away from the capital, Fira  but is situated on a higher cliff.  "VIGLA" means "day" so it got its name from this word. In front of the village is located an enormous rock called Skaros. Until 1800, Skaros was part of the land and had a castle on it where all the administrative offices of the island were located. The village was almost totally destroyed with the earthquake of 1956, and the cliff-edge houses were abandoned but a tourist trade started up again in the 1970s.  Today Imerovigli is a beautiful and quiet village and very popular.
Between Fira and Imerovigli, one of the spots with the best view on the island. Even if officially considerated as a distinct village, Firostefani is the continuation of Fira.

Kamari and Perissa

  The towns of Perissa and Kamari attract tourists to their black sand beaches
Kamari is well known for its black-sand-and-pebble beach. The car-free waterfront promenade located on
a length of about one kilometers is filled, with cafes and restaurants. The tourists come mainly from Germany and England. Behind the capital, Kamari has the most llively nightlife on Santorini.
The resort is particularly suitable for tanning, bathing and sun bathing. Most tourists are families and couples spending a classic beach holiday