Santorini, the Queen of the Cyclades, invariably dazzles those who “dare” visit. Its beauty, which transcends time, and the awe it inspires and captivates visitors with, are rooted in the centuries, bestowed on the islands from the beginning of its creation.
Santorini is frequently referred to, both in mythology and in ancient literature. It has taken many names such as Kallisti, Filotera, Kalavria, Thirameni, Agia Irini, and assumed many shapes due to continuous and intense volcanic activity. Regardless of how one calls it though the majestic landscape takes the visitor on a path of aesthetic and spiritual stimulation,
As per the myth, Efimos, the son of Poseidon, was given small, white sphere as a gift by Triton, another sea god. While returning from the expedition of the Argonauts he was caught in a storm near the island of Anafi and in order to pacify the gods he threw the sphere into the sea, creating Kallisti, known today as Santorini.
Mythology also connects the island’s past with the legendary story of Atlantis. In 1650 BC a massive explosion completely transformed the shape of the island, the central part of which sank forming the Caldera. The explosion was so powerful that it caused gigantic waves to form, which changed the geophysical morphology of the entire region by submerging nearby islands. According to some myth and legend aficionados, the part of the island that disappeared was in fact Atlantis.
In any case and as metaphysical as it may sound, the energy exuded by the island affects visitors to Santorini at a deeper level, “capturing” them with its raw electricity and other “fields” and “waves” and forcing them to swear eternal allegiance to the Queen of the Cyclades. Atlantis may be lost but Santorini still stands, imperiously awaiting to meet and be met.