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Monastery of Profitis Ilias

3 reviews of Monastery of Profitis Ilias

Great views

The highest point of the island of Santorini, about 560 m above sea level. Ascend via a very narrow road from Pyrgos (about 4 miles approximately). The Monastery can be seen from any point on the island. We saw it before going on a documentary of Santorini on the National Geographic channel where we were advised not to miss a sunset. But luck was not with us. Just an hour before sunset the sky clouded over and was thoroughly covered. But the views from there are amazing. You can see across the island from end to end. We did not enter the monastery of men which is Byzantine, and I read it was worth a visit and I think it has an Orthodox museum.

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Prophet Elias Monastery

This monastery is situated on the highest mountain of Santorini. It provides an excellent vantage point of the whole island. The monastery was closed, but there was a small chapel that could be visited. I have entenido that inside there is a church folk museum. If we are lucky to be on 20 July, a festival is celebrated with dance, music and where it is typical to eat mushy peas with onions. From there, a path leads to the ruins of Ancient Thira (I think it is better to approach by car from Kamari).

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