Santorini, Greece

Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Santorini, Greece

Although the atmosphere is rather destroyed by a massive aerial installation right next door (thanks to the Greek military) the tiny Monastery of Profitis Ilias is one of the oldest in Santorini, dating to 1712. It stands at the highest point on the island and offers some fantastic views across the island.

The Monastery was one of the major players on Santorini for two hundred years after its foundation. It owned a ship which used to trade around the Aegean and brought it great riches. During the 1860s it began to decline in importance and it suffered damage in the 1956 earthquake.

Today all that remains is one small church building. However, it contains an important collection of hand-written books and Byzantine iconography. It is still an active monastery and the Monks make wine to support their living costs.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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