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Oia, Santorini

Oia (or Pano Meria, Apanomeria, pronounced E-ah), facing south in a fish-bone layout. The main pedestrian street connects its ends across the top of the cliff, with many local branches. The village was also, devastated by the 1956 earthquake and has never fully recovered, but it is dramatic, striking and quieter than tourist-frenzied Fira, although it's streets are also filled with expensive jewelery boutiques. Oia is famous for its imaginary sunset and its narrow passageways get crowded in the evenings. The most popular spot to watch sunset is by the Kastro walls. The central square, Nikolaou Nomikou, skirts the caldera. The town hosts a cultural center, Greek art galleries as well as the usual handicrafts, souvenir and jewelery shops. As seen on a zillion postcards, the characteristic classic view of Oia, is the bright white and blue of the church contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background. Oia, is beautiful, exquisite small town and an ideal place for those seeking peace and quiet. Houses, paths, churches built up skillfully on the northern part of the island. All the aforementioned exists in combination with the best golden sunset in the world.

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Taken on September 11, 2006