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Skaros rock
Suspended between earth, sea and sky...

A church complex, the Chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti, was built at sea-level, as was a small harbour, and within no time Skaros was named the capital of Venetian Santorini. Coveted by the Ottomans, Skaros succumbed to Admiral Piali Pasha’s onslaught in 1566.

A series of volcanic eruptions from 1650 caused bits of the fortress to unravel but by the 18th century, the combined impact of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions was so strong as to destroy the once-magnificent fort. Skaros residents abandoned their homes and except for a few ruins, and the monastery of  Panagia Theoskepasti, there is little that captures the grandeur of this former capital.

A painting by Thomas Hope in 1790 that now hangs at the Benaki Museum shows Skaros with its impressive fortresses. Today, Skaros is accessible from Imerovigli and can be admired in all its magnificent glory from Astra Suites.