Skaros Rock, Thera, Greece

Skaros is one of the most impressive spots of Santorini. It is a kind of conical peninsula that on top forms a huge rock, about 20m high. But Skaros is not only geologically interesting, it is also historically important, as it is the first Kasteli (fortress) that was built on Santorini in the 15th century in order to protect from the pirates’ attacks.

In medieval Santorini, there were five Kastelia, but Skaros was the most important of them. Being the medieval capital of Santorini, it was large and densely built. The Venetian aristocracy of the time used to live there and its population was mainly Catholic. However, due to its special location, Skaros suffered a lot during the earthquakes and its inhabitants gradually left and moved to Fira.

Now, only ruins have remained to remind of the glorious settlement that Skaros was in the past, however there are a few lithographs that depict medieval Skaros, thus helping us not only realize what it looked like but also think about the power of nature and time that can transform a flourishing centre into a few piles of rocks.

Your tour to the Skaros rock starts in Imerovigli and the church of Agios Georgios (Saint George). The church is the perfect place for preparation and relaxation before the hiking. It provides a beautifully spotted veranda with an amazing view of the caldera and Skaros.

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