day 5: history and sunset

A N C I E N T  T H E R A ,  A K R O T I R I ,  S U N S E T  A T  F I R A

after all the rain and thunder throughout the night, came the astounding sunrise! what a perfect beginning to my last full day in thira!

the blue sky, sunshine, white walls, grecian flag, all couldn’t be more picturesque than on this day.

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– A N C I E N T  T H E R A –

i’ve gathered the photos of ancient thera here! it was quite something to think these ruins were inhabited as early as the 8th century BC. most of what remains seems to have been rebuilt and expanded by later inhabitants until the 8th century AD. i’m not a historian so i won’t explain in detail, but i share photos of explanations and the ruins in the link above!


– H I K I N G  U P  T O  T H E
M O N A S T E R Y  O F  P R O F I T I S  I L I A S –

moving on after ancient thera, i started hiking towards the monastery of profitis ilias (prophet elias). this photo is looking back towards ancient thera. the winding road on the left goes down toward kamari. the roundabout leads to the entrance of ancient thera; you can see the snake-like path a third of the way down the mountain inside the ancient thera ruins. beyond the top of the mountain is where the central and southern sections of ancient thera would be, facing due south. to the right of the mountain would be perissa (where i came up from on day three).


the red circle in the below map is where i took the photos below. the numbered circles represent the direction the photo was taken in perspective from the red circle.

this is a view of perissa and perivolos along the shoreline. (*see 1. in map above)
海岸沿いにペリッサとペリヴォロス。(*地図 1.)

this is a view facing fira, oia, and the caldera. (*see 2. in map above)
フィラ、イア、とカルデラ。(*地図 2.)

that’s the airport! (*see 3. in map above)
空港!(*地図 3.)

yay!!! i made it to the top!!! to tell the truth, i lost the path multiple times, and it was more treacherous than i was prepared for (because i lost the path?)…


– T H E  M O N A S T E R Y  O F
P R O F I T I S  I L I A S –

don’t mind the radiation… o_o / 放射線??

here’s some basic information about the monastery of profitis ilias:
A Brief History of Santorini’s Monastery of Profitis Ilias
by Ethel Dilouambaka for The Culture Trip

i couldn’t visit inside, possibly because it was around lunchtime, but here are some photos i got of the outside (and really, please ignore the fact that my big ol’ finger is in one of the most important photos…).


one last look around the monastery before descending towards megalochori, which is the nearest bus stop.

– H I K I N G  T O  
M E G A L O C H O R I –

this is faros, the eastern tip (in the south) of thira. i couldn’t make it here this time since it is apparently more convenient by car. (*see 4. in map above)
こちらは、ファロス。ティラ島の最南端の町。元々こちらで泊まろうと思っていたのですが、車がないと移動が難しいため断念しました。(*地図 4.)

the nature, rocks, ruins along the way to megalochori! after a quick google search, that flag apparently represents the greek orthodox church.

– A K R O T I R I –

from megalochori, i visited akrotiri (i wanted to see the red and white beaches), but by this time i was absolutely exhausted. i nearly took the bus straight back to fira, when i turned around and saw that the akrotiri excavations archaeological site was right by the bus stop. something in my head told me to stay. unfortunately, i didn’t get any photos (except the one below, inside the excavation facility) or pamphlets, but here are some links:
Santorini Archaeological Sites : Akrotiri Excavations
A Life’s Work: The Excavation of Akrotiri in Santorini
by Tassoula Eptakili for Greece Is

by 遺跡ときどき猫

it really is something to see! to me, this is even more significant than ancient thera, as this site dates back as early as the 4th MILLENIUM BC! the civilizations that lived here until the early late bronze age (around 17th century BC), had 2-3 story buildings, amazing paintings, and even a drainage system (i mean, toilets??). the town was abandoned after a series of severe earthquakes preceding a volcanic eruption in the late 17th century BC. covered in volcanic material, the town was preserved until they officially began excavations in 1967 and are currently continuing excavations.


the shelter that protects the excavations is quite interesting, also. protecting from the elements while keeping the ecosystem as stable and comfortable as possible, they made a bioclimatic building utilizing the four elements with minimal energy consumption. (please do visit this website if you are interested in bioclimatic structures!)


intrigued and motivated again, i took the bus to fira. this was the last (and most important??) bit of my trip! SUNSET!!!

– S U N S E T  A T  F I R A –

i took a walk to oia, in hopes of seeing the sunset here. however, with the exertions of the whole day (i walked more than 20km this day), i decided to watch the sunset from fira (which was just as spectacular), while having one last gorgeous dinner. i had some help from a greek native, making sure i ordered the right foods, and absolutely grateful for that! HERE GOES:


and then / そして:

kalinihta / カリニヒタ〜(おやすみなさい)?

see my post about santorini food here: