Santorini at Easter – Good Friday at Pyrgos

If you are ever going to visit Santorini in spring, you “must”…read: MUST,  try to time it so you’re here for Greek Easter. Not only is Santorini covered in wild flowers (more pics & words on that soon), but you HAVE to see Good Friday night at the mountain-top village of Pyrgos. It is one of the most spectacular images you will ever see.

Pyrgos is high up, it towers over the rest of Santorini island and the view from there is breathtaking during the day. But on this night…Good Friday night, the villagers do something very special. They light up the entire village (every house, every roof top, every church, every path) and as you approach the village from below it is the most incredible sight you will ever see. The entire village is ablaze as the procession starts to meander through the tiny streets and laneways. Thousands of faithful lining the narrow streets holding candles and slowly following behind the procession around the village. It is a unique sight despite you’re religious beliefs. 


easter-candlePhoto: Lady Vervaine



The entire village is like a flickering torch

Photo: Volcano discovery


There are many villages and cities around the world that do something special during Easter celebrations and other religious events. But I promise you there aren’t many that are as spectacular as Pyrgos on Good Friday night.

More pictures from the midnight resurrection celebrations tomorrow ;-)



3 responses to “Santorini at Easter – Good Friday at Pyrgos

  1. Thankyou for visiting my site– I find your site fascinating– have you renovated the cave yet? will it be your future home? The views are absolutely amazing, wonderful pictures too!

  2. I talked about you today :-)

  3. Cynthia K. Seymour

    What an inspiring beautiful landscape! Many blessings to you and now one of my dreams is to visit your town.

    I work with a Landscape Designer in South Florida and we write on our blog about inspiring landscapes. Today, I am going to feature your post. Hopefully it is ok if we use your image (?) We will certainly create a link back to this post.

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