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SANTORINI

The island of Santorini is probably the most intriguing island of Greece. Simply its name is more than enough to unfold in mind stunning sunsets and scenery, white, red and black sand beaches, impressive traditional houses, balconies with view to the Volcano and lively night life. All the above, along with the remains of the antiquity and the myth of the Lost Atlantis justify the words which the tourists determine this wonderful island.

 

It was the time when the inhabitants of the old capital of the island, the castle of Skaros which was just underneath the village of Imerovigli, began to abandon it because it was heavily damaged by the earthquakes. In the early 19th century, Fira became the capital of the island, and had access to the sea through the port of Fira that is used until today mainly for cruise ships. Anyway Skaros today reminds nothing of the famous Upper Castle (Epano Kastro) fortified citadel, built in 1207 by the Venetian nobleman Giacomo Barrosi when he got Santorini island from Marco Sanudo. Barrosi had chosen an awesome location; pirates fought for years to conquer the city and usually they broke their heads on the citadel’s walls and the frightening cliffs.

 

Earthquakes during the years 1650, 1701 and 1711 (and after 1866 till 1870) did in Skaros all that damage that the pirates did not. And so the Catholic families fled slowly during the 17th century to build Fira city, at a better location; flatter, safer and without rocks falling on their heads. Skaros was finally abandoned during the 18th century. The houses literally evaporated, crumbled into stones that fell off the cliff. Today you can see traces them with tremendous difficulty. Only the tiny chapel of Agios Ioannis stands on the rock.

A Time Travel Experience

A land like no other in the world. Beyond the classic Greek white and blues, Santorini is an island of burnt oranges, butter yellows, royal purples and tinted pinks.

The volcanic isle is home to a world famous Caldera, edged by 300m cliffs, made of layers upon layers of volcanic rock and soil, branded with light hues. In Santorini’s roots are hidden centuries of myths, pirate crusades, ancient agriculture and secrets of a lost paradise.

Stories separated by thousands of years.

A volcanic eruption that changed the history of human race. A struggle to save a civilization and a legend of a lost Atlantis.

Your stay in Santorini and Sophia Luxury Suites will be one of enlightenment in one of the most cosmopolitan islands in the world.

Discover the race against time in the Minoan era. Walk where one of the oldest civilizations in Europe was discovered and what the archeological spade brought to life in Akrotiri and its ruins.

Santorini
Santorini Sunset
Santorini Aegean

A Legend of a Myth

One of the oldest myths of mankind. The Lost Atlantis. The name of the city Atlantis, deriving from the mythical giant Atlas, who held the sky upon his shoulders.

The story of a prosperous land that disappeared without a trace, sunk into the sea by the fury of the Gods. In Plato’s version of events the story of Atlantis is used as that of a moral tale, with the events leading you to the destruction of the Minoan people from the volcanic eruption in Santorini, thus making us a more than likely candidate for being the historic fact behind the story.

Sophia Luxury Suites Today

Sophia Luxury Suites has a front row view to Skaros Rock.

When you lay eyes on Skaros Rock in Imerovigli, you may think it’s just another natural volcanic sculpture. However, on this small piece of land, was the first fortress built in Santorini, in the 15th century.

Travelers of the 17th century report that its natural position rendered it impossible to attack. The only surviving image of the Imerovigli Skaros is a pencil sketch from Thomas Hope, housed today in Benaki Museum, Athens.

Skaros suffered major damage from the terrible earthquake in 1650 and the residents were forced to abandon the dangerous environment of the castle and established their new center in Fira. Today the only visible human presence is the chapel of Theoskepasti, although Skaros rock was once home to a bustling, lively city.

“High up there on the top of the naked, wild rock, where only wild birds can live, the marks of man can now be seen”. Elias Venezis, Winds.”