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Archtrove travels to Santorini – the jewel of the aegean

Architecture in Santorini

Santorini, the jewel of the Aegean, is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. As a result of its volcanic eruption, Santorini has developed a rugged landscape causing the windy paths up the mountain on which most of its architecture sit on, especially, in its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia. Clinging onto cliffs above an underwater caldera, they overlook the sea, small islands and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.

Landscape of Santorini

Characterised by its Cycladic architecture and white painted villages stood on top of the high red-coloured cliffs, Santorini architecture is unique. It is built for its landscape, to contrast its harsh volcanic scenery, it is whitewashed with blue and white buildings. Both Oia and Fira, house neoclassical mansions, small churches, narrow cobbled paths and colourful houses. Matching the classic with the modern beauty, They provide the most romantic scenery and a plethora of beautiful places to visit. The highlights of the capital are the traditional houses which blend with the lovely Venetian characteristics like the arches and vaults and the colourful stairs. Among the narrow paths of Santorini are the beautiful churches, architectural jewels that blend in the island’s landscape.

The Venetian presence left the island a small legacy that counts on a few fortified settlements. The only one that remains intact is the Kastro in the centre of Pyrgos village. Equally interesting is the Venetian castle of Akrotiri, the Argyros Mansion, Kasteli Castle and the Catholic Cathedral of Fira.


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