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Pyrgos, Santorini Greece

An inland village built on the slope of the mountain Profitis Ilias, Pyrgos is situated 7,5 klm far from Fira, at the southeast and has 730 permanent residents.
The houses are arranged amphitheatrically surrounding the remains of the Venetian castle (today known as "kasteli") offering a magnificent view.
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Apart from the "kasteli", it is worthseeing the Monastery of Profitis Ilias on the top of the mountain, built in the 18th century. Several precious religious artefacts are shown to the visitor; among them the adorned mitre of the Patriarch Gregorius the fifth, crosses and silver bound books, as well as byzantine icons dating back to the 15th century. The view from the Monastery is breathtaking, it can be seen almost all of the island. The monastery is 4 klm far from Pyrgos, at the South.

The church of "Theotokaki" is one of the older churches in Santorini, dating back to the 10th century.
It is also worth visiting the winery of Santo, one of the wine making companies of the island. There is an exhibition of photographs and local products of Santorini.
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The visitor can taste various types of wine produced by the company. In the folk museum of the village are hosted items of everyday life of the village in the past.

There are various types of accomodation, including a luxurious hotel, taverns where you can eat well, cafes and some bars.

A series of cultural activities are organised during the first days of September, with plays, music concerts, poetry etc.

Access to Pyrgos is possible by public bus, taxi, private or rented cars and motorbikes. Cars are not allowed in the village; you should leave your vehicle at the parking at the entrance of the village.
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