The Essential
The unusual village of Vothonas is partially hidden in a fold in the layer of pozzolana. All that can be seen above the surrounding fields are palm tree fronds, a few domes and the graceful bell tower of the church. At the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias, the Church of the Panagia Episkopi was built on the ruins of the seat of the bishop of Santorini (11C). The new church has retained the magnificent iconostasis of the original building, all sculpted marble, and a few of the lovely frescoes (12C).