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The singular topography of Santorini has contributed decisively to the evolution of its special indigenous architecture. Although following the general architectual style of the Aegean, it has exploited the unusual landscape and possibilities of the place ...

The Architectural Style of Churches in Santorini

The churches of Santorini, although very much part of the cubist architectural style, show a Western influence in their relatively large size. The volcano's eruptions and the catastrophic earthquakes that shattered the island from time to time strengthened the religious fervour of the locals, which intensified when they were confronted with Catholicism during the Frankish occupation.

Thus before the 1956 earthquake, the island boasted some 260 churches. Most of those that have survived are of the one-aisled basilica type with dome, while others are cruciform in shape with dome.

The dome, which may be white, as in most churches, or blue, is frequently ridged rather than

The Church Domes of Santorini
Photo : Christos Drazos
smooth. Sometimes it is capped by a lantern, a clearly Renaissance touch. The facade of the churches and cathedrals alike is dominated by the presence of twin bell towers. Santorini's monasteries are massive, often reminiscent of fortresses, such as the monastery of Profitis Ilias. They have an inner courtyard, arcades and impressive bell towers.

The Catholic Church & Religious Communities

Sunday Mass
Dominican congregation : 8.00
Catholic congregation : 10.00
There is also daily Mass for the Dominican congregation at 8.00 in the morning.

Catholic Church :
Saint John the Baptist's Cathedral
Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
Vicar General's Office :
Tel : + 30 22860 22244
Fax : + 30 22860 22428
Between the approximate hours of
Morning : 9.00 - 12.30
Afternoon : 17.00 - 17.30 & 19.30 - 21.00

The Bell Towers are Stately & Majestic
Religious Communities :
Monastery of Dominican Sisters : Fira Town. Congregation of Dominican Sisters
Tel : + 30 22860 22420

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