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Imerovigli + Skaros Rock

Imera [Greek] "Day" + Vigla [Greek - Latin Root] "Watch Guard"
  • View Volcano & Sunset
  • LandmarkSkaros Rock
  • Icon Church of Anastasi

Imerovigli is an idyllic traditional settlement cascading down the Caldera cliffs of Santorini. Known for stunning views, peace and quiet, winding paths and fashionable hotels, under Venetian rule, it was once the island capital.

In 1207, Santorini was inducted, along with the entire Cyclades archipelago, into the Venetian Duchy of the Aegean. Five fortress settlements were erected around the island to combat the scourge of piracy; Skaros Rock 'La Roka', also known as Epano Kastro (upper castle), was the most important. A thriving city on and around the rock's promontory included 200 houses, several monasteries and a ducal palace. A cathedral was the seat of the island's Catholic bishop.

But earthquakes accompanying volcanic eruptions spanning 220 years (1650, 1701-1711, 1866-1870) caused irreparable damage. At the turn of the 18th century, an inevitable evacuation began. Some inhabitants moved to Fira and others to Pyrgos. Eventually, Skaros Kasteli was abandoned. For a while, Pyrgos Kallistis became the next seat of island rule.

In 1776, as a young man, Count Choiseul-Gouffier visited Santorini. According to his accounts and sketches, there were still occupied residences on Skaros at that time. But when archaeologist Ludwig Ross arrived in 1836, Skaros had been empty for years.

Serene Imerovigli offers breathtaking sunsets and a diverse collection of tavernas, upmarket restaurants and caldera view cafes.

Imerovigli Stay

Nearby Villages
Fira Firostefani
  • Skaros Kasteli by Fauvel with an explanation. Thomas Hope Collection 1769-1831 (Benaki Museum)

  • Skaros Kasteli by Choiseul-Gouffier. Published in 1782 in the 1st volume of his work "Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce" (Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation)

Imerovigli Map
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Quick Overview

Features

  • Cafes, taverns, restaurants
  • Village square
  • Small shops & markets
  • Fira to Oia bus route

Distances

  • Fira: 2.6 km
  • Firostefani: 1.3 km
  • Oia: 9.4 km
  • Airport: 7.4 km
  • Athinios Port: 11.1 km

Churches

  • Church of Anastasi
  • Panagia Malteza
  • Panagia Theoskepasti
  • Agios Ioannis Apokefalistheis
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