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was built on the top of a hill and was until the early 1800, the capital of the island.  The village is composed of  traditional houses built around the Venetian Castle and the small streets follow the shape of the hill.  Climing from the square up to the castle of Pyrgos, the stone houses crowd more densely together and the labyrinth of narrow vaulted lanes becomes more tortuous.  The village has many churches, around 33, but the most famous is the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, where a small collection of ethnographic material and old icons are exhibits.  Pyrgos is a lovely place, winter and summer alike.  Although it is one of the prettiest places of the island, Pyrgos has only recently won a place on the tourist map.  It has become known largely because of the splendid Easter celebrations instituted a few years ago by its deputy  mayor.  The day before the Plam Sunday, the whole place is fragrant with the scent of the rosemary that decorates the 17 metre cross.  The whole island turns out the procession of the Epitaphios on Good Friday when the village decked with tin lanterns so that glows like a jewel in the night.  Pyrgos is a place that certainly worth a visit and dedicate enough time to the most fabulous panoramic view of the island.

Population according to Census 2001: 732


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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.