Oct 26, 2015

Churches in Santorini

A visitor asks: why does this island have so many churches?

According to the local stories, the residents had to accept co-living with the volcanic activities as well as with the earthquakes which often occur in the Aegean sea. Consequently, they felt the need to ask God for His protection against natural disasters. Besides, whoever owned property holding a chapel during the Ottoman occupation, would be free of taxes. For all these reasons, many chapels were built on the ground of the volcanic ash.