1.0 The town of Oia is situated in the northern part of Thera, the main island of the Santorini group. Standing near the top of the caldera wall, it is reached by sea by climbing the stairway visible in this view or by coming overland from the harbor at Athinios. The earthquake of 6 July 1956 destroyed Oia, but most of the town has now been rebuilt.

The geography of Santorini

In recent centuries the Aegean volcanic islands of Santorini have repeatedly changed not only their appearance but their names as well. The ancient Greek called Santorini Calliste - the most beautiful.

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