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The city is the capital of Santorini. It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages of Greece. Founded in the late 18th century. and are built with traditional architecture on the cliffs of the caldera, at a height of 300 m.
The city of Fira is the capital of Santorini, situated in the northwestern part of the island along the caldera, 11 km from New Port Athinios.
The city is also a reference point for many visitors from around the globe, with many attractions, luxury hotels, restaurants and coffee-Bars. In Fira you can find traditional tavernas, rooms and pubs. All visitors of different ages and lifestyles enjoy together the beautiful sunset that offers the beautiful caldera of Santorini, walks to the traditional alleys and unique photographs of the landscape as the day and night so with the unexpected nightlife shops of Fira.
From the 19th century the city is the capital of Santorini. Until 1800, the village Pyrgos Kallistis, a medieval village, was the capital, close to the inner part of the island. After the conquest of the island by the Turks, the capital became at a more central part of the island, Fira.
The houses of Fira has the traditional style of Cyclades. The cobblestone streets, white houses and churches with arches and domes. The Catholic Cathedral, the convent of Dominican nuns, the Lazaristes and Fragkomahalas, is a old neighborhood built by wealthy Franks and the merchants and captains of the old times when Fira was one of the two major ports of the island of Santorini.
The Archaeological Museum in Fira, there is a large collection of pottery from the Geometric period, the 5th century BC., Banners and many Minoan, Egyptian and Chanaaika items, showing the island's communication with other old civilizations of the Mediterranean.
In Fira, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera have many information for the geology and history of Santorini.
The Folklore Museum Fira are authentic items of the island, from old years until now.
The Cultural Centre "Megaro Gyzi" Fira was founded in 1980 on the initiative and financial support from the Catholic Diocese of Santorini. The annual Festival Hall Gyzi made in August and includes various cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and fairs.
The Bellonio Institute of brothers Luke and Evangelos Bellonia 1994. Includes conference room and library with 35,000 books, Bellonio institution whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and educational development in the island.