Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Fira

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#5 of 10 in Historic Sites in Santorini
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. To visit Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist on your trip to Fira, use our Fira itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful architecture I to loved, stroll through the surrounding area. Fantastic gripped good gastronomy and the jogurt is death.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The beautiful church in a beautiful location. Good location in the heart of the city. A good place to go for a moment hiljentymässä in and out of the hustle and bustle of people.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The Cathedral remains something classic compared to the others, nevertheless its architecture and its colors are beautiful and exotic to see!
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  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • May 13, 2017
    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.
  • April 16, 2017
    Heard Easter vigil mass here and although it was in Greek, the priest and the parishioners were very warm and accomodating.
  • June 17, 2017
    Magnificent church. Love it.
  • October 20, 2015
    Lovely, beside a that it's unusual to find a catholic cathedral in Greece, most belong to our brothers oorthodox

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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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