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Santorini Island, Greece, spring 2019: the hermitage on Mesa Vouno

Little seems to be known about the old hermitage on Mesa Vouno on Santorini, although it once must have been a sizeable complex with many different construction units providing shelter, food and water for at least a number of hermits. It was connected to the site of Ancient Thera on top of Mesa Vouno via a paved trail and probably remained inhabited for a much longer time.
By now, only few ruins remain including a former kitchen in a cave, a number of roofed cells for living and a chapel for praying. Several fields must have existed to provide vegetables and many large cisterns, both using natural caves and built at the side of the rocks can be found as well.
Some wild agave plants grow along the way. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Some wild agave plants grow along the way. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The way offers fantastic views over the sea towards Anafi island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The way offers fantastic views over the sea towards Anafi island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Agave flower spike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Agave flower spike (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View down to the shore about 150 m below. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View down to the shore about 150 m below. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The old trail leading alongside the steep mountain slope (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The old trail leading alongside the steep mountain slope (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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About mid way, a small flat plateau is a good place to take a rest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
About mid way, a small flat plateau is a good place to take a rest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The hermitage now comes into view. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The hermitage now comes into view. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of what is left of the hermitage and Anafi island in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of what is left of the hermitage and Anafi island in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The main part of the complex was built with concentric walls around a prominent rocky ledge where the ruins of a room and a cistern can be found. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The main part of the complex was built with concentric walls around a prominent rocky ledge where th... [info]
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The vault of the chapel for prayers is still intact, visible in the left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The vault of the chapel for prayers is still intact, visible in the left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Following the main trail southeast around the corner, a few ruins of walls can be seen, but their use is no longer recognizable. No obvious trail further on towards Perissa could be identified (although probably existed at some point). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Following the main trail southeast around the corner, a few ruins of walls can be seen, but their us... [info]
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View towards Anafi island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Anafi island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View from the top of the ledge which seems to have been the central place of the complex. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from the top of the ledge which seems to have been the central place of the complex. (Photo: To... [info]
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At this spot, one feels more exposed and closer to the sky than anywhere else on Santorini, as if floating high above the sea... maybe this is why this place was chosen for the hermitage? (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
At this spot, one feels more exposed and closer to the sky than anywhere else on Santorini, as if fl... [info]
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Time to go back from this incredible place. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Time to go back from this incredible place. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Deep below us, a boat is cruising towards Kamari. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Deep below us, a boat is cruising towards Kamari. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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