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Santorini Island
... where the name "Santorini" came from? PDF Print E-mail
The island is referred to, in general, as Thira, but it is also known by other names in the sources.  The very ancient name Stronghyle (the Round One), has its parallel in the Italian volcanic island of Stromboli, which was also called Stronghyle by ancient Greeks.  Another name, again mentioned authors, was Kalliste (the Most Beautiful), no doubt referring to the natural beauties of the island.  The name Thira itself derives from Thiras, son of Autesion, who colonizes the island together with the Venetians who ruled the Cyclades during the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries AD- Today, Thira, is  more known as Santorini, which  was apparently taken from a chapel dedicated to St. Irene in one of the bays where the Venetians moored their ships.  There is a believes that the name came from the chapel in Perissa or from others, that came from the chapel in Rivas of Thirassia.
Santa Irini (at caldera)

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    During the 7th Thessaloniki International Wine Competition (5-7 March 2007) in the framework of DETROP-OINOS exhibition, Santorini Wines received 13 awards.


    Among 683 samples from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, France, Austria, Brasil, Mexico, and Canada wine experts have given:

    Grand Gold Award to
    Vinsanto 4 years aged,1999 vintage by Santowines


  • Magazine "Archaeometry", and BioEd Online articles are reporting that the roof paintings of a 2-level building in prehistoric Akrotiri site, have an extreem interest about the mathematical knowledge during the Bronze Age.