Pyrgos – A Flair From The Middle Ages



East of Fira, at the foot of the mountain of Profitis Ilias, lies the picturesque village of Pyrgos. In the mid-18th century, this village was the capital of Santorini before Fira took that place. It is surrounded by a lot of chapels and rich, green vine fields and it maintains the scent of medieval Santorini whereas in 1995 it was declared a “preservable monument”. Vine dressing and farming is the main occupation of Its nearly 600 permanent residents, though acknowledging their land’s value, they tend a lot to the area’s tourism by owning shops, thus making Pyrgos the center of attraction for visitors that swarm the area every day towards this all-seasons resort. The imposing castle of the village shall offer you a unique experience from its top during the sunset, enchanting you with its medieval architecture. Explore the narrow alleys and blend in among the traditional Cycladic and neo-classic buildings as well as visit the area’s churches and the superb monastery of Profitis Ilias that hangs high over the village and will amaze you with the sublime panoramic view it provides. There are several hotels in Pyrgos as well as restaurants and taverns, shops, cafes and the “Santorini of the Past” Cultural Village whereas famous wineries such as the “Santo Wines” and “Chatzidakis” wineries are located near the village. This place is going to be an unforgettable experience!

The Kasteli Of Pyrgos

It was built during the 15th century by the Venetian empire in order to be used as a fort and an observatory. Inside it, there are narrow houses with domes and arches whereas it is full of underground tunnels through which people used to escape during pirate invasions. The great earthquake in 1956 caused a lot of building damages, yet it still stands gallantly breathing the magic of an era long gone.

Article by John Makrynoris

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