High on History
Vothonas is a small rock village. Architecturally, is the strangest village on Santorini and just for that reason worth a vist. Leading off it, a tangle of paths climb up to the houses, a complex of network of open and closed excavations, a unique and untouched architectural complex. As the coastal villagers did with the Caldera, so the people of the interior dug their houses into rocky walls of a ravine long. The village has a small church built inside a cave worth seeing. Another interesting place is the church of St. Anna which is the oldest in the village and it was built in 1827. The carved wooden screen is decorated with scenes from the Old Testament and it is very impressive.
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The Wine Museum is an extraordinary natural cave, 6 meters below ground and 300 meters long. It presents the history and life of wine from 1660 to 1970 … The Wine Museum of Santorini along with Koutsogiannopoulos winery that produces Volcan Wines, and the vineyards are situated in the area of Vothonas, on the way to Kamari beach. The Museum offers a personal tour, where one can view semi-mobile and still life figurines, accompanied by audio guides and sound effects. At the end of the passage way, there is a room where the visitor can watch a film of the history of Santorini from 1500 BC till the present day, the evolution of life and wine production in Santorini.There is also an opportunity to join in the ritual of wine tasting, which is held in the winery.
The Church of Panagia Sergena or Panagia Trypa
The Church of Panagia Sergena is carved into volcanic rock and it is near the village of Vothonas. During the Ottoman period, the residents of the island used it as a shelter. In the interior, the church resembles a hole with a helical path. It celebrates on February 2nd. You can get to the church on foot from Vothonas. The landscape is beautiful and it offers a unique feeling of peace and tranquility.