It’s Sunday and time for the “Church Photos in Lieu of Attendance” post. Santorini is the perfect place to be for this post, because in this area you can throw a volcanic rock and hit a photogenic church. These beautiful churches are the poster children for travel in Greece, and if you’ve ever been to a travel agent, you’ve probably seen a picture of a church from Santorini. I’d like to take credit for some degree of photographic skill, but you really can’t get it wrong here.
Most of the churches on the island are Greek Orthodox (duh), and there are over 200 of them! Most are very small and tucked away in unlikely places. All are meticulously maintained, and crisply painted in whitewash with one or two other colors. And somehow, while we’ve been here, the weather gods have managed to provide incredibly blue skies as a backdrop.
There’s also a Catholic Church here in Fira, and we were lucky enough to walk by when it was open for visitors. After Florence and Rome and all the beautiful Renaissance masterpieces, it was pleasant to be inside a church that was unpretentious, simply elegant, and obviously devoted to worship.
Classical music was playing in the background, candles were burning in two small chapels, nice live houseplants were placed around the entire church, and we seemed like the only people on the planet. I suspect that everyone has a different idea of what church should be, but for me, this experience was it: tranquility and the stillness that comes when the mind is at peace. Enjoy your Sunday.