The Church of Holy Cross in Perissa, Santorini: Located in the central square of Perissa, just above the beach, the church of Holy Cross is among the largest churches in Santorini. It was originally constructed in 1835-1840, but after the severe earthquake of 1956, the church was reconstructed. This reconstruction revealed the foundations of two three-aisled basilicas, which shows that the original church was constructed on top of them. Although Santorini is a rather small island it is overrun with religious monuments including chapels, churches and monasteries that are scattered throughout its various villages. Sanctity emanates from each temple and they all boast a long history and unique holy icons. Some are tiny chapels dug into the rock. Many are simple, whitewashed churches adorned with blue domes. And others are remarkable cathedrals and glorious monasteries that stand out for their majestic characteristics. Yet each and every temple is attuned to the rest of the island and notable for its delicate construction. There are both Orthodox and Catholic churches, basilica and byzantine cross types.
September 23rd, 2017
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