Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral
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  • M i l e n a🌹🌟🌹🌟🌹
    Munich, Germany2,973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magically
    Oddly enough, almost nothing has been written about this object on the Internet. So those who like to rewrite Wikipedia instead of real reviews and travel would clearly have a hard time. According to our guide, this is the main church of Fira. Only one thing is clear - the large, somewhat more modest-looking church turned out to be fantastically beautiful inside. True, there is a ban on photography everywhere, but judging by my photographs, everyone else was also taking photographs, but a woman came up to me and very nicely asked me not to take photographs, and I heeded the requests of this nice woman and did not photograph the icons on the way out. I hope the available photos are enough to convey the unreal beauty of this white stone church.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,823 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stark, White Exterior - Highly Decorative, Colourful Interior
    This large, white church was built in on the caldera cliffs at Fira in 1827. We noticed it straight away because of its distinctive row of white arches and its very tall bell tower. From out the front of the church, we had an expansive view of the caldera and volcano. It was particularly pretty at night when the church facade was illuminated and the lights from the cruise ships twinkled in the waters far below. Inside, it is highly decorated, with beautiful frescoes covering most of the interior by local artist Christoforos Asimis. The dome caught my eye immediately. In its centre, the giant image of Christ looms over the church. We saw similar images in a lot of Greek churches. This is Christ Pantokrator, the all-powerful creator of Heaven and Earth. In his left hand, he holds the book of the Gospel but his other hand is held in an awkward and unnatural position. It looks odd but we came to understand that the strangely contorted fingers formed the letters ‘ICXC’, (an abbreviation of Jesus’ name from the Greek letters). The same four letters float on either side of his head. An outer circle has a band of angels including some rather strange looking clusters of wings without bodies or faces - just wings. GETTING THERE: if you are looking for the church on a map, it is confusingly, sometimes called the Cathedral Church of Candlemas of The Lord or the Church of Ypapantis. You will find it next to the Atlantis Hotel, near the main bus stop end of town. Entry is free.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • AQUALUNA1
    Singapore, Singapore971 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful interior and exterior, free admission. Certainly worth a visit. You see crowds outside the church at sunset.
    Went early in the morning as is just outside where I stay. Not much people and you can get good pictures. It will look illuminated and different again when the sun is on it. Surely you will see this church if you are at Fira. Very well maintained and beautiful interior. Worth a visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
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Alex F
The Villages, FL2,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Location, location, location. Overlooking the Caldera, this Cathedral is beautifully decorated. Free access, clean, well maintained.
Written 9 May 2024
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Sarah Y
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The church was beautiful and it was within walking distance from many restaurants and cafes and there was a busker playing violin outside
Written 23 October 2023
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AQUALUNA1
Singapore, Singapore971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Went early in the morning as is just outside where I stay. Not much people and you can get good pictures. It will look illuminated and different again when the sun is on it. Surely you will see this church if you are at Fira. Very well maintained and beautiful interior. Worth a visit!
Written 20 October 2023
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Robert R
East Windsor, NJ7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very ornate church worth seeing. One of the few churches you can easily get into. Don’t wear a hat in or you will be scolded.
Written 2 October 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This large, white church was built in on the caldera cliffs at Fira in 1827. We noticed it straight away because of its distinctive row of white arches and its very tall bell tower.
From out the front of the church, we had an expansive view of the caldera and volcano. It was particularly pretty at night when the church facade was illuminated and the lights from the cruise ships twinkled in the waters far below.
Inside, it is highly decorated, with beautiful frescoes covering most of the interior by local artist Christoforos Asimis.
The dome caught my eye immediately. In its centre, the giant image of Christ looms over the church. We saw similar images in a lot of Greek churches. This is Christ Pantokrator, the all-powerful creator of Heaven and Earth. In his left hand, he holds the book of the Gospel but his other hand is held in an awkward and unnatural position. It looks odd but we came to understand that the strangely contorted fingers formed the letters ‘ICXC’, (an abbreviation of Jesus’ name from the Greek letters). The same four letters float on either side of his head.
An outer circle has a band of angels including some rather strange looking clusters of wings without bodies or faces - just wings.
GETTING THERE: if you are looking for the church on a map, it is confusingly, sometimes called the Cathedral Church of Candlemas of The Lord or the Church of Ypapantis. You will find it next to the Atlantis Hotel, near the main bus stop end of town.
Entry is free.
Written 23 September 2023
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M i l e n a🌹🌟🌹🌟🌹
Munich, Germany2,973 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Oddly enough, almost nothing has been written about this object on the Internet. So those who like to rewrite Wikipedia instead of real reviews and travel would clearly have a hard time.
According to our guide, this is the main church of Fira. Only one thing is clear - the large, somewhat more modest-looking church turned out to be fantastically beautiful inside. True, there is a ban on photography everywhere, but judging by my photographs, everyone else was also taking photographs, but a woman came up to me and very nicely asked me not to take photographs, and I heeded the requests of this nice woman and did not photograph the icons on the way out. I hope the available photos are enough to convey the unreal beauty of this white stone church.
Written 18 September 2023
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Abi
Rugeley, UK626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Whilst in Fira we wanted to visit the church and light a candle for absent loved ones.

Very simplistic on the outside but has real wow factor inside. Absolutely stunning such a beautiful church.

Was very busy as lots of tourists wander round. So hate to appreciate fully but such fantastic and beautiful inside.

Sign outside saying no men in shorts but this isn’t the case Hubbie was allowed in. However, nothing noted about females and I was refused entry as my shoulders were exposed. Allowed in once I had got my cardigan on.

Such a worthy visit and only small so easy to fit in during your stay!
Written 6 June 2023
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NatRod
Las Vegas, NV253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You are able to walk in and look at the church and the architecture. Music was playing and it was nice inside. You can go in as long as it is open. I did not see any hours but the front doors are open and if you want you can light a candle and pay for a donation to do it.
Written 18 October 2022
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Peter W
Warwick, UK242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Very simple but highly decorated interior. You can see both sides of the island from its little garden.
Written 30 September 2022
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luciussilvae
Vilvoorde, Belgium4,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Very beautiful church on a strategic place in the town with a nice interior .
A church in a form that I did not expect in Santorini.
Written 28 September 2022
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