Fira in Thira Regional Unit, South Aegean Region, Greece
Catholic Church of Koimisi Tis Theotokou
(The Dormition of the Virgin Mary)
—or Panagia of Agion Theodoron —
The current church was built in 1757 with donations from Lukas Dakoronias. In 1783, it came into the possession of the Lazarist monastery on Santorini, from which it was transferred to the Catholic bishopric of the island in the 20th century. It was renovated in 1801 and 1839. Its new façade was constructed at the end of the 19th century.
The church consists of two aisles and a dome. The main alter in the left aisle is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, and has a marble iconostasis and a carved wooden altar table. The side-altar is dedicated to the Annunciation. the floor contains the family tomb of the Corsican Paschalis Presiosi (d. 1826). The main altar in the right aisle is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and has a carved wooden iconostasis and tabernacle. The side-altar is dedicated to St. Joseph.
The church suffered great damage in the earthquake of 1956.
It celebrates its feast day on the 15th August.
Location. 36° 25.398′ N, 25° 25.694′ E. Marker is in Fira, South Aegean Region, in Thira Regional Unit. Marker is on Nomikou M, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fira, South Aegean Region 847 00, Greece.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Catholic Church of Saint Stylianos (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Santorini Cable Car (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
More about this marker. The Catholic Church of Koimisi Tis Theotokou (aka the Virgin Mary Catholic Church or Three Bells of Fira) is located on the footpath which parallels the cliff forming the caldera of Santorini.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.