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Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

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Santorini is an island of volcanic origin, which is the top of the crater of an underwater volcano. As a result of the terrible eruption and the explosion that followed it, about one and a half thousand years BC, the central part of the island collapsed inside the crater. It is believed that the eruption of 1645 BC. laid the basis of the legend of Atlantis.
In fact, the island itself, or rather the largest of several islands, is called Fira. Names Satornini on the map you will not find.
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

The oldest population of Fira, which appeared here around 3 000 BC. er During this period, the island was called Strongila (“round”) because of its shape, since the Santorini volcano, which was located in the center of the island and had a height of 1.5 km.
About one and a half thousand years BC (1500 BC - 1645 BC, according to various estimates), an event occurred that resolutely changed both the history of the ancient world and the shape of the island.This is a terrible eruption of the Santorini volcano.
As a result of the eruption, the crater of the volcano collapsed and a huge caldera (crater) was formed, which was immediately filled with the sea. From the ancient Strongila there remained only the currently visible crescent with a sheer cliff of more than 300 m.
After filling the volcano's mouth with water, an enormous explosion occurred (the effect of a steam boiler), which caused a huge tsunami, an altitude of approximately 100 to 200 m, which hit the north coast of Crete. The consequence of the tsunami was the decline of the Minoan civilization.
Photos by Sergey Stepanenko
From Crete to Santorini, goes a high-speed ship and goes to there about 2 hours. The price of one way is about 50 euros.
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

So the island of Santorini seems to travelers in the first minutes of their stay:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

After climbing 300 meters along an almost vertical serpentine, we find ourselves on top of an island in the town of Fira, which is the capital of Santorini. The streets on the island are so narrow that almost everywhere there is only one car:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

As soon as you entered the city, you immediately begin to feel like a fairy tale - houses, buildings, surroundings seem somehow unreal and fabulous:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

The appearance of houses and courtyards shakes its whiteness and beauty of form.
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

On the slopes of Fira and other towns are located mainly villas, hotels and restaurants. The main population lives on a plain in the center of the island.
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Local make installations on rooftops:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Private property, do not enter:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

In the towns of hundreds of churches. According to local custom, each family should build its little church:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

The southern part of Fira. In the background is the mountain Profitis Ilias:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Let's take a closer look:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

View from the mountain Profitis Ilias at sunrise.
All the houses are neat and tidy. On the streets, many flowers:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

In Fira there is a donkey road with steps from the top to the bottom. The plate shows that the donkey station is below:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Steps for some reason numbered. If you believe the numbering, there are almost 600 of them. In the heat of 35 degrees do not want to climb 300 meters up the hill:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Orthodox church and the largest area of ​​the island:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Pedestrian street, sometimes you can meet mopeds here:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

In the evening we went to the town of Oia to watch the sunset.
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Oia at sunset:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Yacht:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Evening city:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Nice little church:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

The main transport in Santorini. Because of the narrow streets, quad bikes are the best way to get around:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Restaurant "Bicycle" in the town of Oia:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Steps.Below is another small port of Santorini in Oia:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Very beautiful house in blue and white colors:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Many streets lead to a dead end and end with a wicket or door to a private house, so sometimes you have to go back up:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Heavenly domes of churches:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

A few more photos from the fabulous island of Santorini:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Balcony:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

The roof of one of the villas is lined with volcanic stones, which are painted white. It looks very beautiful and unusual:
Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Fantastic island of Santorini (46 photos)

Without panoramas it is difficult to imagine the scale of Santorini.
The streets of Fira Stephanie. (Clickable, 1918 × 634 px):
Fira. (Clickable, 1918 × 825 px):
Fira closer. In the background is the highest point of the island, the mountain Profitis Ilias. (Clickable, 1918 × 1130 px):
Fira from the cliff. (Clickable, 1918 × 998 px):
The town of Oia. (Clickable, 1918 × 765 px):
The fabulous island of Santorini of volcanic origin is the tourist pearl of Greece.

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