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Monastery of Profitis Ilias

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Standing on the highest point on Santorini, which spans to 1,856 feet at the summit, the Monastery of Profitis Ilias offers a Cineramic vista: from here you can see the surrounding islands and, on a clear day, the mountains of Crete, more than 100 km (66 mi) away. You may also be able to spot ancient Thira on the peak below Profitis Ilias. Unfortunately, radio towers and a NATO radar installation provide an ugly backdrop for the monastery's wonderful bell tower.

Founded in 1711 by two monks from Pyrgos, Profitis Ilias is cherished by islanders because here, in a secret school, the Greek language and culture were taught during the dark centuries of the Turkish occupation. A museum in the monastery contains a model of the secret school in a monk's cell, another model of a traditional carpentry and blacksmith shop, and a display of ecclesiastical items. The monastery's future is in doubt because there are so few monks left.

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  • Address: At highest point on Santorini, Pyrgos, Santorini
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: No visiting hrs; caretaker is sometimes around
  • Location: Pyrgos
Updated: 05-17-2011

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