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|General||Oia was once a community of Santorini and Therasia in Cyclades Greece. As of 2011 it became a municipal unit of Santorini. Oia covers the entire island of Therasia and the northwesternmost area of Santorini. As of 2001 there were 1230 residents in Oia, 962 in Santorini and 268 in Therasia.
Oia is one of the most popular tourist spots on the Aegean Sea. Oia is most famous for its sunset considered to be one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Tourists often flock to the castle to watch the sun slip into the sea of the caldera. Every available seat, step and patch of ground are occupied by visitors coming to see the sunset. Many people also choose to take a boat charter from Thira out to visit the volcano in the middle of the caldera and then travel in a figure 8 until the sun sets.
Oia is known for its beautiful architecture, an interesting mix of large medieval Venetian houses which were used by sea captians and smaller incave village houses used for the rest of the population. There are also medieval fortifications which were used as protection from pirates. Even today laws enforce the protection of the architectural and natural beauty of Oia from modernity including electrical wires.
The Naval Maritime Museum is located in a 19th century mansion which was restored. The museum hosts the Maritime History of Thira. In the museum you can find Seamens? Chests, old maritime equipment, rare figureheads, drawings and models of old and new Thiran ships and rare photographs in chronological order of the history of the Hellenic Navy.
In the late 1800s early 1900s Oia reached a state of prosperity. The prosperity was based on the merchant fleet which traded in the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically between Alexandria to Russia. The two story captians homes are a reminded of the towns former affluence. |
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