Oia or Ia (Greek: Οία) is a small village and former community in the South Aegean on the islands of Thira (Santorini) and Therasia, in the Cyclades, Greece. Oia was previously known as Apäno Meria (Απάνω Μεριά or Επάνω Μεριά, “upper side”), a name which still occurs locally as Pano Meria, and the inhabitants are still called Apanomerites (Απανωμερίτες).
Oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet, which plied trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially from Alexandria to Russia. The two-story captains’ houses built on the highest part of the village are a reminder of the village’s former affluence. Part of the town was destroyed by the 1956 earthquake.
Location: Oia, Santorini, Greece
Filmed: Sep 2021
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