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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 21: The Miscellaneous Sights of Santorini

After leaving the Red Beach, I walked back towards the Cave of Nikolas for another Mythos beer.  Along the way, I observed this entryway, which has this unusual ornament atop it.  I have seen this ornament in several places in Greece, but I still have no idea what purpose it has or what it represents.

Entryway
Ornament that is atop the entryway to a house in Akrotiri.

After downing another Mythos, I caught the bus that takes you around the island.

It was about a 45 minute trip back to Fira from Akrotiri (as we passed through all the small towns on the southern part of the island) but it was very cool to see things from a different perspective.

Fira
A view of Fira from Akrotiri.

Lava domes
A view of Palea Kameni (left) and Nea Kameni (right) from Akrotiri.

Along the way, we passed a number of interestingly designed churches.

Church

Church

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A church in Emporio.

Church
A church build high up into the side of Santorini's largest mountain.

Church
A church in Perissa.

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Church

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Church

We also passed the tallest mountain in Santorini, which I believe is called Profitis Ilias for the monastery atop it.

Mountain
Profitis Ilias as seen from the road to Perissa.

We also observed several windmills (or ex-windmills), which are quite different from your traditional Dutch variety.

Windmill

Ruins

Ruins

We also made a brief stop in Perissa, which is famous as the home of the "Black Beach."  We also saw the ruins of an old church, which might in fact be the Church of Saint Irene, from which Santorini got its name.

Black beach
The Black Beach in Perissa.

Ruins
The church ruins in Perissa.

Continue on to Part 22:  The First Sunset (or "Wine and sunset, it doesn't get any better than this")