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  • Address: Pyrgos, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece 847 00, Greece
  • Hours: Open daily 10am–4pm Apr–Oct
  • Admission: €3

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Monastery of Profitis Ilias Tours

The monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on Santorini at 1,853 ft (565 m) above the Aegean Sea in the south of the island. Built in the early 18th century out of sizeable stone and resembling a fortress, the monastery was dedicated to the prophet Elijah and initially enjoyed great wealth. It once also functioned as a secret school of Greek culture during the dark days of Turkish occupation of the country, but its power began to decline in 1860 and it was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1956. Today Profitis Ilias is successful once more; its three domed church has become a museum hosting an exceptional and significant collection of Greek Orthodox icons, early, hand printed books and bibles, wrought-iron artwork, wooden carvings and elaborately embroidered clerics’ robes. The resident monks put on displays of traditional carpentry, shoemaking, local cooking and wine making as well.

The monastery courtyard and gardens are a popular spot to watch Santorini’s fabled sunsets and it is possible to see right to the hilltop village of Oia from the top of Profitis Ilias. Panoramas also take in the patchwork of plains and vineyards sit in the mountain’s lee, sheltering the young vines from hot winds blowing in from North Africa.

Practical Info

Pyrgos, Santorini. Open Apr–Oct daily 10am–4pm. Admission €3. A long hike up hill or best accessed by car or guided tour from Fira up an extremely winding road. Dress appropriately, covering legs and shoulders.

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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, Santorini, null
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Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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A full day sightseeing tour visiting almost the whole island, including the most significant places of Santorini. The excavations of Akrotiri with professional ...  Read more

Location: Fira, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira, Santorini, Full-day Tours
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Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira

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Experience Santorini’s finest with this 4,5-hour tour which is customized for small groups of 6 to 8 guests . Ease into the day by visiting Oia with its ...  Read more

Location: Thira, Greece
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour, Santorini, Half-day Tours
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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Santorini Customized Tour

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Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias ... 
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Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Scenic Tour of Santorini, including Oia and Mt Profitis Ilias Monastery

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While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Santorini Private Photo Expeditions, Santorini, Ports of Call Tours
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Santorini Private Photo Expeditions

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Duration: Flexible

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Santorini First Impressions Private Tour, Santorini, Photography Tours
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Santorini First Impressions Private Tour

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Santorini Full Day Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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On this bus tour, travel to the highest point of the island and take a cruise to visit the majestic islands of the area such as Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, and ...  Read more

Location: Fira, Greece
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour, Santorini, Full-day Tours
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

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Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

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Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira, Santorini, Custom Private Tours
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Half-Day Santorini South Coast and Akrotiri Tour from Fira

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This bus tour takes you to the Southern part of the island where you visit the hidden gems of the area. The first stop of the tour is the 16th century ...  Read more

Location: Fira, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Santorini Private Tour, Santorini, Archaeology Tours
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