Sunday, 18 July 2010

Santorini and its churches...

There is something about white-blue-colours churches in Santorini...There are just everywhere!!! Small, big, hidden, majestic - you can see one at every corner or just in the middle of the nowhere while driving on the island. I started to wonder, why so many. One travel guide was saying that each fisherman who has escaped a big storm made one as a Thank you to his protector...
 I also asked our Greek friend Klearchos who lives there the same question. His answer was a bit different. As Santorni is an active volcano, people do build a lot of churches in the hope that they will help them avoid a big eruption.
In any case those little gems do make the island even more beautiful. The most impressive church I had visited was the one to the small and cozy church Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas-the 3 last shots). It is literally carved in the cliffs next to the sea and the village Megalochori. As a local said once, "Its even more beautiful than Notre-Dame de Paris"... I completely agree with him:-) and say a big thanks to Klearhos for showing it to us...Amazing sunset images from this church made by Klearchos can be admired on his blog.

3 comments:

Filip Demuinck said...

Strange churches but I like the blue roof

Roj said...

why 'strange' Filip?

Lovely churches and great shots... I like the story behind why they built a lot of them...

Auke Hoekstra said...

Hi Jana, thanks for the comment on my blog. You keep a nice record in your blog. We are just back from a holiday in Greece but have not been to Santorini yet. From your photos, I gather it is a nice place.