Some guidebooks say that there are more churches than houses in Oia and even in all Santorini. There are about 90 churchces in Oia, and about 350 in Santorini. It seems to be strange as the total estimated number of inhabitants is around 7 - 10 thousand. My family town has a population of 10 thousand and one church.:)
Anyway, the churches (most of them small - like roadside shires) are private. Wealthy families usually have their own church and it is also nice for the sailors to have their church. This is why there are so many churches.:)
I like it
Richie goes into churches to shelter from rain.
I go into shops to shelter from the heat!
This one I went into is very interesting. It's called Tefra Art Gallery & has many crafts from neighboring islands like Crete which appeal to me.
I like these dolls but due to my long journey (I was heading for Paris & Tours after Oia) I couldn't get them as I've no desire to lug them all over France. May be next time. :-)
Oia for Me-Ah!
Oia, on the westeren tip of Santorini is the stuff of picture books. Where you get to see a photo of the Greek Islands chances are that Oia was one of them.
Sitting atop towering cliffs called the Caldera, Oia overlooks the beaturiful Island of Santorini and the volcano in the Middle.
Over 4000 years old, Santorini is one of the oldest points of civilisation in the world before a gigantic eruption decimated the ruling people some 3000 years ago - the eruption was the largest in history.
I live now down by the picturesque cove of Amoudi just under Oia, where I can fish and lazily wait out my time before winter comes and the season starts up again.