Pyrgos, ancient capital of Santorini

Pyrgos was the Capital of Santorini to 1800, was built on top of a hill and It is made up of traditional houses that are located around the Venetian castle Existing, while its small streets follow the shape of the hill.

As you ascend the square to Pyrgos Castle, the stone houses become denser and the streets look more like a maze made to torture tourists since they don't know which way to go.

Pyrgos has around 33 churches, but the most famous is the monastery of Profitis Ilias. Although Pyrgos is a lovely place and one of the most beautiful places on the island, it has been only recently when it has won a place on the tourist map, being Known for the splendid Easter week That was started a few years ago by his deputy mayor.

Location of Pyrgos

What you can see in Pyrgos

The Church of the Holy Trinity It has been built according to the traditional style. Located in the village of Pyrgos, it houses a small museum with Byzantine icons and ecclesiastical clothing.

The Monastery of the Prophet ElíaS is located in the highest peak of Santorini, at an altitude of 565. It is an excellent destination to practice hiking and has a magnificent view of the island. It also houses a small ecclesiastical museum.

Pyrgos, Profit Elias Monastery in Santorini
Pyrgos, ascent to the Profit Elias monastery in Santorini

The Castle Kasteli, Located in the centre of Pyrgos, it was built in medieval times. Some of the walls of this castle have survived until today.

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What activities to do in Pyrgos

Holy Wines It offers an interesting tour of the winemaking process in Santorini. From the balcony, visitors can get a magnificent view of the Caldera. Often ceremonies are arranged on this balcony. In Santo Vinos, visitors can taste and buy traditional products of the island, such as wine, favorite, cherry tomatoes and capers.

Pyrgos: The ancient capital of Santorini
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