Located right in the heart of Oia is this small beauty. Very beautiful details and the traditional icons all over the church. Well maintained and definitely worth the visit. You will be transported back in time!
Blue and white. Brilliant blue and flashing white, that is. Most buildings (also private houses) are built in this style here. And it is beautiful! The colours of Greece, they say; the colours of sea and sky, we see. Oh yes, most buildings are simpler - a white cube with a half-spherical blue dome on top. No bell tower also, this kind of bells-on-sight construction is also popular here. Yes, it is beauty in its simplicity. The inside is also great, with many decorations and icons. Just coming into the village with your car/bus, you have to park near the main square where this gem lies; and it is worth stopping and admiring it before diving in the bustling small streets of Oia!
Beautiful icons. The church looks like everything else in Santorini -- white. But walk inside and you're shocked by moving into an ancient style. The icons in Greek churches are all stunning, but these are bright and relatively new. Not for people looking for ancient history, but beautiful.
You'll certainly fall in love with the magical Church of Panagia! Located at the very center of Oia, at its main square (known as "Caldera Square"), "The Holy Church of the Akathist Hymn of the Virgen Mary" (its full name) will catch your eyes immediately! Beautiful, simple and, at the same time, so peaceful and enchanted. The original church was built inside the old Byzantine Castle of Oia, just facing the sea, protecting sailors and vessels. It was sadly destroyed by the 1956 earthquake. Rebuilt on a more stable site, it follows the traditional cycladic architectural style, painted in white and blue colors, as many constructions in the Aegean Sea. Its interior, decorated in the orthodox tradition, displays precious icons, many brought from Russia. The Church of Panagia is also very popular with brides and you'll probably see some, in beautiful gowns, busily taking countless photos in front of it. Despite all the brouhaha at "Caldera Square", the interior of the church is quiet and touching, assuring certainly moments of peace and self-communion. Light a candle, say a prayer and feel blessed. Enjoy!
We stopped over for a relaxing break from the buzz of the main square of Oia. Our visit allowed us to fully experience the mystic and sacred atmosphere of the island of Santorini. Those old churches are eternal guardians of all people living at the mouth of an active volcano. It's worth the visit for a prayer or a meditative moment, before the visit to the steaming volcano on the islet of Kameni.
This church is very beautiful, not huge inside (compared to a lot of European churches),but lovely. When we were there, a bride was having photos taken in the square outside the church, well worth a visit.Oia (Santorini) is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Definitely needs to be on your to do list.
It is a beautiful small church with a lot of history and character. The garden is pretty and it is easy to drive up to it so anyone can manage a visit
Good location to visit. Architecture not over the top. A feeling of quiet reverence pervades the space. Light a candle for the world.