Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Fira

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Get a glimpse of Catholicism in an Orthodox part of the world at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Admire the graceful sandstone architecture and the interior's 18th-century decor, including well-maintained stained glass windows, three altars, and numerous art pieces. Outside of the church, take in great views of the island and surrounding waters. Visitors can attend mass on Sunday, but prepare for a bit of a hike beforehand because parking is a short trek away. Arrange to visit Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and other attractions in Fira using our Fira travel planner.
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  • ACA could attend an Orthodox holding my first time since arriving at the place he began the celebration of course not I stayed during the entire celebration since they are very long
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  • I went at this church a couple of years ago. We were a team of two couples and we wanted to explore all the island. Fortunately, the natives told us about the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. It h...  more »
  • Unfortunately I got inside (it was closed) so that the Cathedral I can only judge from the outside: in Fira is dominated by mostly white, blue and blue hues, so their background yellow Cathedral looks unusual.
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  • Wonderful church! Catholic means universal in Greek and you truly get a sense of how universal the church is here. The priest who is very encouraging and well spoken asks everyone to pray in their own language and while the communal prayers sound like a mishmash it's all for the one God. Amazing. Also Sunday mass is at 10:00am.
  • Wonderful church on top of the mountain with stunning views. If going to Fera, it's a must see.
  • We were very lucky to visit here on Psalm Sunday,the service was in Greek but everyone was so welcoming.One of the highlights of our holiday.
  • Heard Easter vigil mass here and although it was in Greek, the priest and the parishioners were very warm and accomodating.
  • Magnificent church. Love it.

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Where to stay in Fira

The most unique way to experience Fira is to stay in one of its famous cave hotels or cliffside suites. The city in Santorini also has many spas and hotels to accommodate the massive waves of summer tourists on this island, and few are cheap. For more affordable options, venture further away from the cliffside. Or, if you're willing to spend a bit more on lodging, opt for a caldera view. There are a number of homes and villas for rent here as well, just be sure to check with your host about how exactly to get to your lodging, as many places are not accessible by road and require a journey by foot along stone steps.
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