Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It is free to visit. The interior is splendid. The chandelier is beautiful. Walls are well painted. The ambience is tranquil and not crowded.
Written April 17, 2024
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Perhaps, the smallest Cathedral I ever visite, but when you study the fact, there only about 500 Catholics in Santorini. Lightly decorated, simple, very clean, no cost to visit.
Written April 17, 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our stop here and spent about 30 minutes in the area taking pictures and appreciating the church. The cable car to go down to the old port is nearby and there is a panoramic picture point nearby to enjoy the view. The church is open 9 am to 9 pm and we felt it was worth the stop as we walked back from the Fira to Oia trail. The interior of the church is well let and decorated. There are signs in multiple languages to read about the church and its history. The gates are open from 9 am to 9 pm during the day and one of the signs outside the church is available to see just outside the gate too so make sure you walk around to see everything.

There are cafes and restaurants nearby that are good for a quick rest as you explore Santorini by foot. However, we found the souvenir shops nearby were some of the most expensive ones we found on the island and you don't have to go far to find better prices in Fira if you're looking for something to take home.
Written March 21, 2024
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JJJourneys
Singapore, Singapore2,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This beautiful Catholic church is found close to the Fira to Oia hiking trail. There are two ways to reach this cathedral, the first is a small flight of steps just next to the entrance to the cable car, directly opposite the frozen yoghurt store; the second is further up along the hiking trail where the lookout to the cable car is, at the intersection with entrance to White Ark Villas on your left, make a right turn up the flight of steps and turn right. Admission to the cathedral is free. It has a really beautiful interior, and is definitely worth stopping by to take a look.
Written October 30, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Unlike most Santorini churches, this Catholic cathedral has no blue dome and no white-washed walls. Instead it has a colourful facade, with a peach and sky-blue bell tower and and a white dome.
The bell tower is the architectural highlight and is wonderfully ornate.
Built in 1823, the church was pretty much razed to the ground by the 1956 earthquake. The devastating quake caused the roof to fall in and caused so much damage that it took nearly 20 years for the cathedral to be restored and re-opened.
The cathedral is easy to visit and is in the centre of town, near the main square. It’s also one of the few churches that is reliably open (entry is free).
In contrast to the eye-catching facade, the interior is rather subdued. The inside of the dome is largely undecorated except for a simple cross painted in the middle of the plain, pale blue-grey surface.
Below the dome, are paintings of the Four Evangelists. These saints wrote the accounts of Christ’s life after his death and were the authors of the Gospels. Each one holds a book or a pen. St Mark in red and white robes, sits calmly reading, seemingly unaware of the lion behind his back. Further around, St Luke in green robes sits beside a bull. A black eagle hovers above St John and St Matthew is busy with an angel.
Opposite the cathedral, is the Dominican Monastery, the oldest covent in Greece but the monastery is not open to the public and the small chapel is only sometimes open.
Written September 26, 2023
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Smog M
Bromley, UK22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Mass is celebrated in between two languages - Italian (translated into English by a deacon) and Greek (on Sundays). The Italian priest is very welcoming and friendly. He enjoyed warning tourists of pickpocketing.

Sorry for being harsh, but the violinist who played there on Sunday should stick to sacred music. I understand the violinist's prima donna temperament, but the church isn't the right place for him/her to show off his/her repertoire (concertos or Paganini's Caprices) before the start of the Mass. Obviously, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as a postlude was a bit sacrilegious.

Catholics go there for the Eucharist not the music. The music is meant to bring people to prayers not entertainment. Thank you!
Written August 31, 2023
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Griggsy54
Coventry, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The bell tower of Saint John the Baptist was adjacent to our hotel.So we had to visit, we loved hearing the bells and it was great for telling us the time. The Cathedral itself was incredibly spiritual.
Written June 28, 2023
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Luxury Journey
Brussels, Belgium158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Location/what is it about: The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic Church in Fira (Thira), the capital of Santorini in Greece. The cathedral has a baroque design with striking yellow-blue coloured walls and windows and a cream-coloured dome. The cathedral stands proudly on the cliff next to the flooded Caldera. A typical picture for Santorini. Well worth a visit.

Admission fee (budget range): Free to visit.
Written May 15, 2023
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Good photo stop and is a nice spot in Fira.
The church looks beautiful and is a nice place to spend a few minutes.
Written February 11, 2023
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beachlovernc2015
Leland, NC1,948 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A lovely cathedral and quite different from the Greek Orthodox church we were in here. The interior is much simpler but just as inspiring and this is a quiet place not as busy as the Greek church. The use of the blue reflects the view of the water you get from the exterior of the church. The entrance was a bit off the beaten path but worth seeking out.
Written February 4, 2023
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