Emporio

The old village part is built with small picturesque streets with historical houses in high walls, inner courtyards and wooden door entrances, built for privacy and for safety against the pirates.

Emporio otherwise called Nimporios is the biggest village built in the South part of Santorini and has the biggest population on the island approximately 5.000 inhabitants. The old village part is built with small picturesque streets with historical houses in high walls, inner courtyards and wooden door entrances, built for privacy and for safety against the pirates. Emporio also has one of the 5 fortified castles “Castelli” built at the medieval years by the Venetians, vestiges of which are still visible. At the North side there is a square building named Goulas, in which the village people protected themselves from the pirates. It is also worth seeing one of the oldest churches on the island, Palia Panagia which is famous for the ornately carved wooden dome on its bell-tower and the ruins of the abandoned village (early 1980).

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