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Santorini - Σαντορίνη

Santorini - Σαντορίνη
Made by Andreas Constantinou ®
I have recently been to the amazing island of Santorini! This is a picture of the capital Fira during the famous sunset! =) Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km south-east from Greece's mainland. It is also known as Thera (or Thira), forming the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements thereon and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe's top tourist hotspots. A giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 km by 7 km (8 mi by 4 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (984 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides. The island slopes downward from the cliffs to the surrounding Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon merges with the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The water in the centre of the lagoon is nearly 400 m (1,300 ft) deep, thus making it a safe harbour for all kinds of shipping. The island's harbours are all in the lagoon and there are no ports on the outer perimeter of the island, and the capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is largely a water-filled caldera. The name Santorini was given it by the Latin empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene. Before then it was named Kallistē, Strongylē, or Thera. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recent prehistory: the Minoan eruption, which occurred some 3,500 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep and, according to a theory, may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (70 mi) to the south, through the creation of a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis. More to come................. - May 2008 It seems that this is my best shot so far!! At the moment it has the most favourites(210), the most views(5930) and it ranks 1st in interrestigness!! Thank you all so much!! =) Update 1st December 2008: 338 favourites, 12.257 views and still Nr 1 in interrestigness! =)

Blue Rust

Blue Rust
Made by Surrealize
Highest position in Explore = #304 on March 4th, 2009, thank you! Where does this interesting door lead? Do you dare open it? Alright, true story. This past summer, I travelled to Santorini, Greece. This door is near the base of the 650 ft. cliff below the city of Fira near the harbor. There are three ways down from the cliff: 1. a mechanical gondola (cable car) 2. a donkey 3. on foot (thousands of steps) Most people take the gondola ride down to the base of the cliff (smart). But not me, I wanted to hike down, so I could grab some great pics of the donkeys (dumb). Well, the donkey pics were fun, but the journey turned out not to be the pleasurable jaunt I had envisioned. After I was 1/3 of the way down, I realized that the donkeys don’t move out of your way when they are coming up the hill. They are steadfast and determined in their climb and march in a single line. Worse, it was VERY difficult to get out of their way as the ground was slippery… and smelly. That’s right, these donkey’s can’t hold it all the way to the top. So my picture taking was cut a bit short and the game was on… dodge the donkeys while taking care to not slip and fall in the… yeah, you guessed it. At long last I reached the bottom, donkey collision averted. Even though it was 100 degrees outside, hotter it seemed after I had walked the 1000 stairs, I just had to stop and take a picture of this door. I was fascinated by it. It’s crazy to me how something this rusty and clearly worn can be so beautiful! Anyway, two morals to this story: 1. Take the gondola if you go to Santorini :) 2. Sometimes going off the beaten path and getting a little dirty in the process pays off in the end You really need to see the to appreciate the detail in this photo.

Dreamy Santorini

Dreamy Santorini
Made by Surrealize
This photo is of the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, taken from the small northernmost historic town of Oia that is quite famous for it's white walled buildings and blue domed churches. The cliffs of Santorini are nearly 1000 feet high and are actually the remnants of a volcanic crater that is believed to have exploded violently at approximately 1500 BC. This massive eruption is thought to have wiped out the Minoan civilation on the nearby island of Crete. The eruption seems to have inspired certain Greek myths and it has been speculated that the Minoan eruption and the destruction of the city at Akrotiri provided the basis for or otherwise inspired Plato's story of Atlantis. Akrotiri is still being excavated presently and already, they have uncovered multi story buildings and ancient walled murals/paintings that rival those found in Pompeii. I've been very fortunate to travel to some rather exotic locations but I must say that Santorini is one of my absolute favorites. There are several settlements that make up present day Santorini. I stayed in a small 8 unit apartment complex in the nearby township of Fira that is quite a bit larger than Oia and is home to the main port for cruise ships that frequent this very poplular tourist destination year round. Every evening, I would sit on my private veranda and take in what is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Talk about the photographer's paradise, I literally never put my camera down for the entire week I was there. Around every corner was a scene that seemed straight from a postcard or story book. I hope to post more from my travel portfolio over the coming weeks, including more shots from this beautiful Greek island. Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Dialog

Dialog
Made by Frizztext
photo: a boats dialogue; the Greek island Santorini is the rest of a volcano. Standing at the top, you can look deep down to the ships; 400m deeper: the sunken cruise-ship SEA DIAMOND. There are more than 1000m deep ground-findings - echolot's joy. Some say, at the bottom are the ruins of the sunken culture of ATLANTIS... P.S.: I took this photo standing on top of the hill in Thira, Santorini, looking down to the volcano's water. The two boats had to deliver some fruits and vegetables to a cruise-ship in the bay. An hour later we took a donkey ride. On the left side hundreds meter down to the sea, on the right side rocks, I have to admit, I suffered a little by angst...; if your fear is too much, you can use instead of a donkey a cable car (standing in line with two hundred tourists...) + the DIALOG is an important topic of the philosophy of existentialism. MARTIN BUBER (I and Thou, 1922) created the term das ZWISCHEN (= SPHERE OF BETWEEN), where he tried to describe, how a new identity called BETWEEN grows, if to persons meet, having an intensive dialog; that BETWEEN could be described as a sort of CHILD as a result of a communication; difference: the child is made of bones and blood, - but no one can SEE the BETWEEN, you must feel it; a new identity, not the same as A or B, who have the communication; it's C, A+B with a new taste, mood ... - - - what will happen, when the waves of the two boats (A+B) will cross each other? a new picture, not A not B, a new C-structure will appear...

Stairway in Oia, Santorini

Stairway in Oia, Santorini
Made by MarcelGermain
Santorini (Greece). Santorini (Σαντορίνη) is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland. It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe's tourist hotspots. The name Santorini was given to it by the Latin empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene. Before then it was known as Kallistē (the most beautiful one), Strongylē (the circular one), or Thera. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions the planet has ever seen: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (70 miles) to the south, through the creation of a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis. [Source: Wikipedia] Explore #210 (August 29, 2008). Thank you for all the comments and faves! =D

The scenic caldera rim of Santorini

The scenic caldera rim of Santorini
Made by Dan Wiklund
From this perspective it is quite easy to see what Santorini really is - a massive volcano. The prime real estate is the ones closest to the crater, hence locatet on the caldera rim. As you can see the crater walls are quite steep and it doesn't stop at the water making it possible for the ferries and cruise ships to sail into the crater. They can do that since the caldera isn't a complete ring. It has gaps opening to the see that was created when the volcano and hence the island itself exploded at about 1600 BC in one of the largest explosions recorded on earth. The volcano is indeed still active but is mostly slumbering and the most active hotspot is located on the black island to the right in this shot. Regardless of its history it is hard to say anything else than it is extremly scenic. So much in fact that it is said that at least half of all postcards in Greece feature scenes from the island... On a sidenote I can mention that a few weeks before this photo was taken a cruiseship managed to hit a volcanic reef sinking close to the island in the far end of this photo. Considering the size of the vessels that tells a lot about how deep the caldera actually is... You should watch this since that brings out more details.

Pink Sunset over Santorini

Pink Sunset over Santorini
Made by Joalhi "Around the World"
I've watched so many sunsets around the World, and I have never before seen this scene. The Yellow Sun turned into magnifecent pinks and reds as it set beyond the caldera of the volcano in Santorini that night. When it finally set down the night was magically pink and red. My posting from yesterday was the scene from that beautiful sky. Rakel, you are my dearest friend on Flickr. Thank you for being with me everyday. Every morning I wake up to a message from you in my inbox. From day one you've been with me and my gallery would not exist if not for your beautiful comments. You light up my day everyday! Rakel, this magic sunset is yours. Rakel tu eres mi mas preciada amiga de Flickr. Tu has llenado mi galeria de comentarios desde el primer dia en que la abri. Todos los dias al levantarme recibo ese mensajito tuyo con los buenos dias y con alguna broma. Gracias por ser como eres y gracias por estar siempre a mi lado. Mi galeria sin tus comentarios no existiria. Gracias por ser mi Amiga!

Blue Domed Greek Orthodox Church, Santorini (Thira).

Blue Domed Greek Orthodox Church, Santorini (Thira).
Made by saxonfenken
Best Explore Position #12 Island, south-eastern Greece. It is the southernmost of the Cyclades group in the south Aegean Sea and is on the northern edge of the sea of Crete. The island is about 75 sq km (29 sq mi) in area. Santorini and its surrounding islets are formed from the rim of an ancient drowned volcano that exploded in about 1500 BC, and this disaster may have been the basis for the writings of Plato about the lost continent of Atlantis. The earliest volcanic eruptions in its recorded history were in 236 BC: the latest were from 1925 to 1926. The main town is Thíra, which has a sheltered, deep ancient harbour, and is set on top of sheer cliffs that lead to a precipitous summit that is 584 m (1,916 ft) above sea level. The town was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1956 and has largely been rebuilt since then.

PRIEST

PRIEST
Made by Frizztext
SANTORINI PRIEST ...on his way to the church Sotiras, Oia, Santorini – on Sunday morning, 7 o'clock: the heavy earthquakes in the history of Santorini developed an intensive religious community; my wife and me, we followed the priest to his church, where he, accompanied by 4 helpers made his ceremonials, 20 believers in the church (kissing ritually the priest's hands and the bible-cover); during thousands of tourists were sleeping in their beds at the same time, juke-boxes sleeping too, cruise-ships not yet landed, only working outside: the donkeys, carrying loads for the hotels. But inside the church: we had the chance to feel like 1000 years back in time... compare flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/devil-is-waiting/

Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini
Made by _skynet
O-i-a. I was stucked for a while before I embarrassed myself with O-ee-yaa. It's actually pronounced Ee-yah. Such a beautiful name for a place like this! A brief introduction about the island: This is – Santorini. One of the Cycladic islands in Greece. It’s 5 hours ferry ride from Piraeus (port for Athens). A volcanic island and majority of the island had been sunk into the sea when the beast erupted years ago. Imagine it was a round island and what is left now is the rim plus the volcano in the centre…and this forms a dramatic landscape. This week’s post is all about Santorini. There’s a lot to explore on this island but I only had so little time :S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to

Recycled Terrace Garden

Recycled Terrace Garden
Made by Souvik_Prometure
Highest Position in Explore # 1 & This is the most unique balcony in Oia village at Greek Island, Santorini and the view of caldera from here is something to kill for. Most interesting part is the wrecked boat placed in the terrace piled with old unused stuff and few flower pots but everything is placed perfectly. This shot is from my archives a single RAW file tonemapped and digitally blended using Photoshop. Trivia Oia is famous for its beautiful sunset and marble roads through the village makes it picture perfect.

Priest

Priest
Made by Frizztext
SANTORINI PRIEST ...on his way to the church Sotiras, Oia, Santorini – on Sunday morning, 7 o'clock: the heavy earthquakes in the history of Santorini developed an intensive religious community; my wife and me, we followed the priest to his church, where he, accompanied by 4 helpers made his ceremonials, 20 believers in the church (kissing ritually the priest's hands and the bible-cover); during thousands of tourists were sleeping in their beds at the same time, juke-boxes sleeping too, cruise-ships not yet landed, only working outside: the donkeys, carrying loads for the hotels. But inside the church: we had the chance to feel like 1000 years back in time...

don quichote's fight vs. the windmills...

don quichote's fight vs. the windmills...
Made by Frizztext
Cervantes wrote his story about Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza, the master of doubts. And mainly this is a book about the importance of DOUBT. Cervantes knew: it could be dangerous, to fight as a hero without any doubts - that is his everlasting message. He was the forerunner of all people, who are warning, that individuals, communities or systems sometimes live a complete lie - and therefore will meet their catastrophe in their very end. - compare flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/weekly-photo-chal...

Twilight

Twilight
Made by _skynet
I was sitting at one of the balcony cafes enjoying the sunset when this couple from Hawaii on next table came chatting to me. We had a fun conversation, and they said they came from that cruise. They started their trip from Rome and will be floating and stopping all over Europe for 2 weeks. That really sounded like a great vacation to me! This was taken in Fira, the biggest town in Santorini. The island you see here is actually a volcano. Have a good day my friends! RECOMMENDED to view it . ____________________________________________________________ Thank you everyone for your visits, comments and faves!!

Panorama of Oia, Santorini

Panorama of Oia, Santorini
Made by MarcelGermain
View fullscreen - recommended! Oia (in Santorini, Greece) remains one of the foremost tourist attractions of the Aegean Sea. The famous Oia sunset, considered by many as one of the most beautiful in the world, keeps tourists flocking down to the castle, waiting for the moment when the sun slips down on the calm sea of the caldera [Source: Wikipedia]. In fact these were two different panoramas, but I decided to create one 'superpanorama' by putting them together.

Οία

Οία
Made by Santi RF
Oia is a community on the islands of Thira (Santorini) and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Along the cliff of Oia, houses have been delved into the porous volcanic rock (left over from a large volcanic explosion many years ago that sunk the center of the island). Parts of these houses are visible and the scenery that results from it is generally perceived as being typically Greek. The town is noted for its picturesque architecture, unique for its blend of relatively large medieval Venetian houses with small incave village homes.

Santorini sunset

Santorini sunset
Made by MarcelGermain
Oia, Santorini (Greece). . Oia remains one of the foremost tourist attractions of the Aegean Sea. The famous Oia sunset, considered by many as one of the most beautiful in the world, keeps tourists flocking down to the castle, waiting for the moment when the sun slips down on the calm sea of the caldera . [Source: Wikipedia] I'm not sure if it's the most beautiful sunset in the world, but it's among the most beautiful I've seen! =) Explore #195 (September 9, 2008) - Thank you for all the comments and faves! =)

extraordinary symbols

extraordinary symbols
Made by Frizztext
read in my daily blog at flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/devil-is-waiting/ - the Greek island SANTORINI is the top of a volcano; on the ground: the sunken cruiseship SEA DIAMOND; maybe too: the sunken culture of ATLANTIS... P.S.: the religions differ from each other maybe in some rites and rules; but at least one thing is very similar: they all are interested in creating extraordinary architectural symbols... +

Greece / Travel / Boat

Greece / Travel / Boat
Made by ►CubaGallery
Greece / Travel / Boat: This image was taken on my film camera, I then scanned the image and processed it in Lightroom. I found this mini greek fishing boat on a cliff top in Oia Santorini. Such an amazing sea view from up here. Check out my Lightroom blog for before & after shots. The link is on my profile page. ► Follow me on Tumblr

Hear Them Ring

Hear Them Ring
Made by janetfo747
Church Bells, Oia, Santorini, Greece This island is enchanting, at every turn you will find color, texture and views beyond compare. You and your camera lens will be a heaven.....ahh Greece is lovely for photographers and lovers... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorini you will hear the bells toll just for you.



Nearest places of interest:

Nea Kameni
Κρατήρας Γεωργίου
Бухта с причалом
Santorini
  Брод покрај Санторини
Old port of Fíra
Caldera
Panagia Trypiti Monastery

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