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Megalochori, Santorini Greece

At a distance of 10 klm far from Fira at the Southwest, it is found Megalochori. Its name in greek means "big village", but in fact with 460 permanent residents, the name is not fully justified! However, Megalochori is one of the most representative villages of Santorini, having kept almost intact its features. Typical traditional cycladic houses, neoclassic buildings and small houses dug in the volcanic rock blend together with harmony.
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As the rest of the villages, we find here also the typical small white churches, some of them with their blue domes; the most important of them are that of "Panaghia ton Isodion" dedicated to Virgin Mary, with a beautiful woodcarved icon screen and byzantine icons of Russian style, and Aghios Nicolaos Marmaritis. This latter, is in fact a doric temple of the 4th century B.C. converted to Christian church; the features of ancient architecture have been left almost intact. Its name is owed to the marble ("marmaro" in greek) , the main building material of the ancient temple, retained in the christian church
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It is also worthseeing the wine factory of Boutaris, one of the most well known firms of wine making in Greece. Various programs in three languages guide the visitor in the history of the island and of wine and teach the secrets of wine tasting.
Two local feasts ("panighyri") take place on the 1st of July on the feast of Aghioi Anargyri and on 15th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

Hotels, rooms to let and a camping are available, as well as taverns and cafes.
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Megalochori is on the road to Acrotiri. Public buses running regularly and more frequently in summer connect the village with Athinios, the port, as well as with the other villages of the island. And there is always the choice of taxi, rented or private car and motorbike.
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