Santorini Churches… Armchair Travel

Darn, I thought to myself as I checked my blogs for Santorini. I’ve done a lot on the island. I can’t seem to help myself— it is so beautiful and unique. I really thought about doing something different today, but I had promised Santorini. Plus, as noted, I can’t resist. When I found a post on the churches I had done in 2013, I decided to put it up in hopes that there might be a few photos I haven’t shared on my blog four or five times. 🙂 Still, even if you have seen these, they are always worthy of seeing again!

The Church of St. George in Oia, Santorini. Most, but not all of Santorini's churches featured a blue dome.
The Church of St. George in Oia, Santorini. Most, but not all of Santorini’s churches featured a blue dome.

Europe is filled with great churches that are known as much for their art and architecture as they are for religion. Our cruise through the Mediterranean would take us to some of the world’s most renowned cathedrals. While the churches on the Greek Island of Santorini are no match for the splendor of what you find in Venice, Rome or Florence, they have a subtle beauty and uniqueness of their own.  The following photos are meant to capture something of their beauty.

This is a close up of the bell tower on the Church of St. George in Oia, Santorini. The bell towers throught the town were as unique as the churches.
This is a close up of the bell tower on the Church of St. George in Oia, Santorini. The bell towers throughout the town were as unique as the churches.
I found this church with its white rocks surreal.
I found this church with its white rocks surreal.
A view of the same church seen in the photo above from behind.
A view of the same church seen in the photo above from behind.
This church provided and interesting backdrop for the homes in front.
This church provided an interesting backdrop for the homes in front. I also liked the fun play of light and shadow.
The Church of Panagia provides a gateway into Oia on Santorini. Once again, dramatic clouds added interest to our day of photography.
The Church of Panagia provides a gateway into Oia on Santorini. Once again, dramatic clouds added interest to our day of photography. (Photograph by Peggy Mekemson)
The bell tower of the Church of Panagia in Oia, Santorini.
The bell tower of the Church of Panagia in Oia, Santorini.
Another of Santorini's uniquely beautiful churches.
Another of Santorini’s uniquely beautiful churches.
I like this church on Santorini because of its almost sensuous lines. Can a church be sensuous? Having the Mediterranean for a backdrop didn't hurt either.
I like this church on Santorini because of its almost sensuous lines. Can a church be sensuous? Having the Mediterranean for a backdrop didn’t hurt either.
This is another perspective on the Santorini church shown above featuring its salmon colored bell tower.
This is another perspective on the Santorini church shown above featuring its salmon colored bell tower.
My concluding photo on the beautiful and unique churches found on the Greek island of Santorini.
My concluding photo on the beautiful and unique churches found on the Greek island of Santorini.

FRIDAY’S BLOG: Assuming the weather cooperates, I thought it would be fun to share my seven different offices on the property. If I am feeling the least bit stir crazy during the lock down, I move! (Grin.)

27 thoughts on “Santorini Churches… Armchair Travel

  1. Been enjoying your pictures. The bright sun, blue skies and water provide such contrast to the white buildings – so amazing.
    There’s a bit of similarity with the Pueblo?
    (Cool you got to Crater Lake – snow! We forget it’s still winter some places – take care)

  2. The church with the white rocks is definitely surreal. Years ago I spent some time on the island of Lesbos and was captivated by the churches. I love the simplicity of line and design, how the shapes flow together. I still have a painting (1 of 2 that I have kept over the years) I did of one of them.

    • That church was neat. It absolutely demanded to be photographed. But then, all of them did. And I like your comment on the shapes flowing together, Arati. It’s almost organic. When were you on Lesbos? –Curt

  3. We almost got to Santorini. For a while we were planning a tour of Greece including an extension in Santorini with some folks we met in Ireland, but the timing didn’t quite work for all the parties involved. Maybe some year…

    Beautiful pictures though. Makes the might have been more wistful.

  4. Really love this post. We weren’t taken to Santorini on our last cruise — only to Mykonos, which is pretty in its own right. One thing the tour guide said to us: The people who make the most money on Mykonos are the people who sell white paint. Maybe they have a deal with Santorini as well!

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