Where to find the famous blue domes of Santorini?


Set against the stunning backdrop of sugar cube villages and the glittering azure of the Aegean Sea, it is easy to see why these charming blue-domed chapels adorn millions of postcards. If you cannot get enough of the architectural wonders of this mythical Greek island and want to capture all of its beauty, here is a quick guide on where to find the most gorgeous blue domes in Santorini. Strap up your sandals or tie your laces, as this adventure will take you through winding allies, numerous sets of scales and labyrinth-like villages. But it is all worth it in the end since you will be rewarded with the most spectacular views you have ever laid eyes on.

Anastasi Church of Oia 

Finding this picture-perfect site is a bit of a challenge as it is located on an unnamed street. However, if you take the road of Nik. Nomikou and then turn left down the pathway just before Patisserie Medevio, you will straight bump into this beauty. This ecclesiastical monument is hard to miss for its impressive blue cupolas and signature whitewashed walls.

Agios Spiridonas Church of Oia

The picturesque Agios Spiridonas Church is located just next to Anastasi Church, in the west part of Oia, south of the main promenade that runs through the city from the direction of the caldera. Both of these churches are built on the slope of the caldera offering breathtaking vistas.

Agios Gerasimos Orthodox Church in Firostefani

The graceful parish church of Agios Gerasimos is tucked in the tiny village of Firostefani, off the west coast of Santorini. The traditional Greek church is one of the most photographed venues on the island, as it offers a truly magnificent view of the caldera. The church is right next to the Firostefani Central Square. If you get lost, just ask the locals for directions.

Agiou Theodorou Church

The Panagia of Agioi Theodoroi (Saints Theodore) church is perched on the rim of the caldera in the village of Firostefani and is also known as the church with the three bells. You will find this iconic vantage spot by following the last street in the village running parallel to the rim. You will pass by a number of hotels and guest accommodations on the way.

The Church of Panagia Platsani

Without a doubt, the Church of Panagia Platsani is the most well-known and impressive church in Oia and the entire northern part of the island. It is located in the heart of the village, on the main square. Visitors can easily find it without having to make long circles. While you are there, take a moment to admire the beautiful mosaic work embedded into the pavement, which depicts an anchor and three dolphins along with some elaborate ancient Greek inscriptions.

The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos

The historical nunnery lies between the two quaint villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli in Santorini. You can get there by taxi, pre-arranged transportation or bus (Firostefani is the second stop of the bus that departs from Fira). You can also rent a car if you find that option the most convenient. However, active travelers can even incorporate this lovely site into their hiking itinerary. 

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