High on History
The history of Fira as a settlement started durimg the second half of the 18th century, when the Venetian noblesand Catholic community abandoned the Castle of Skaros in Imerovigli (capital of Santorini at that time), after a prolonged periodof earthquakes. At the beginning of 19th century, Santorini fell to the Turks, and the islanders no longer had to deal with the constant of fearof pirate raids on the island. Subsequently Fira became the island capital, replacing the successor of Skaros.
Top Things to do
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in Fira. It was built on the site of the old Ypapanti Church which was destroyed in the 1956 Amorgos earthquake. The Museum houses a very large number of ancient artifacts from various excavations on Santorini, such as at Akrotiri and at the nearby Potamos site. The earliest excavations were conducted by French geologist F. Fouque in 1867, after some local people found old artifacts at a quarry. Later, in 1895-1900, the digs by German archeologist Baron Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen revealed the ruins of ancient Thera on Mesa Vouno. He focused on the settlements of 9th century BC there, believed to be a Spartan colony.
Three Bells of Fira
The Three Bells of Fira, officially known as The Catholic Church of the Dormition, is a Greek Catholic church on the island of Santorini. The church is famed for its three bells, blue dome, and picturesque views. The building is located in the town of Fira, directly above the cliffs which dominate western Santorini.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
The St. John the Baptist Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Santorini , and serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santorini which was created in 1204. Is located in the city center, in the Catholic neighborhood. The church was built in 1823 and was completely restored and rebuilt in 1970, after the earthquake of 1956. The building is baroque and blue gray and cream are combined.
Santorini Cable Car
“Loula & Evangelos Nomikos Foundation” was established in 1979 by the ship owner Evangelos Nomikos who gave all the expenses for the Cable Car purchase and installation. In addition to all the other offers, E. Nomikos has contributed much to Thira island. He mediated the transportation problem of the locals and the thousands of tourists who visit it every year and decided to offer one of the most developed works of the Cyclades province.
Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral
Built in 1827, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral on the island of Santorini is located toward the bottom of the town of Fira. Its spot allows it to be seen from many spots around Santorini. The view from the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral offers a view of the volcano of Santorini and the caldera. Is white with beautiful mosaics on the outside. Inside there are lovely frescoes that were created by a local artist by the name of Christoforos Asimis. The cathedral also features a bell tower and rolling arches that create a tranquil courtyard.
Bellonio Cultural Center
Bellonio Cultural Foundation was founded by brothers Lucas and Evangelos Bellonias in 1994, after the establishment of the homonymous non profiteering institution. It is located near the central square of Fira and its purpose is the promotion of literature and arts on the island. It houses a library with 35.000 books, which is constantly enriched, as well as conference room and a parlour. The library is a very important part of the cultural heritage of Santorini. It was created in the late 1994 comprising initially 3.000 books from the private collection of the founders.
The Gyzi Megaron Museum offers visitors a window into the island’s past with artifacts and other mementos rich in history. This museum has authentic engravings, local wardrobes, maps and more. All of the artifacts date from the 15th to the 19th century. There is also an exhibition of manuscripts from the 16th to 19th century. There are also many paintings in the exhibition that focus primarily on Santorini. Aside from artwork and historical artifacts, there are also older photos of the island that show the development and progress of this beautiful place overtime.
Santorini Folklore Museum
The folklore museum of Santorini is located in Fira at a place called Kontohori. The museum is hosted into traditional cave houses of 1861. We suggest to take the small walk from the main square of Fira to discover the gem Mr Manolis Lignos has created.
Food & Drinks
Fira is a fascinating village which, besides its unexampled beauty, and views, offers a wide variety of drinking and dine experiences. Discover Fira’s best cultural restaurants, from classic tavernas to gourmet restaurants all with a unique touch of local authenticity.