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Messaria, Queen of vineyards
A beautiful village, centrally located, Messaria is surrounded by gardens and vineyards. Just four kilometres from Fira to the southeast, transportation is available toward and from every possible island destination. During the last few years the village of Messaria has seen the building of luxury accommodation and a variety of specialty shops. Messaria also produces the famous Santorinian wine. The churches of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros and Aghia Irini, both build between 1680 and 1700, are worth visiting, as is the Metropolis church. Messaria has a Cycladic charm with its picturesque white washed houses and tiny winding street paths. One of the most impressive sites in the village is the Argiros mansion, built in 1888 by winemaker George E. Argiros, and just recently restored. It is a typical home of Santorini of the previous century with its outstanding architecture. Seriously damaged by the 1956 earthquake, the owner's grandson with the same name used his own funds to restore the mansion, including the furniture inside. Take a pleasant stroll among the shops and when you feel like getting a bite to eat, good food and entertainment can be found in the numerous quaint taverns. The hospitality of its friendly people gives one a warm feeling and a promise of an easy hassle free stay.

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