Messaria village is situated the center of Santorini island. Its existence is recorded back to the middle of 17th century. During the 19th century Messaria was the center of industry in Santorini. An impressive landmark is the old Markezinis knitting factory. The original architecture of the village is interesting, a combination of stately homes and domed shape cave houses tunneled into the volcano rock. Messaria is vineyard country.
The Stately Homes of Messaria :
The Argyros Mansion is one of the most distinguished recent monuments of the island of Santorini and occupies an important place within the Messaria community, as it is significant for its morphological and its architectural value. Also impressive is the Saliveros Mansion which was built in 1893. Today it is uninhabited and unavailable for viewing by the public
Geographical Information about the Messaria Area
The center of the village can be found at a busy crossroad that connects the island in almost all directions. By turning south east, you can drive to the airport, Monolithos, Exo Gonia and Mesa Gonia and end up at Kamari. If you drive up the hill, you will be going towards Vothonas, Pyrgos, Athinios port, as well as the villages of Megalochori, Akrotiri, Emporio, Perissa and Perivolos. When going north, the next village you arrive at is Karterados, and after that Fira the capital.
Messaria is a Lively Neighbourhood
Messaria has a large local population and as such is serviced by many shops, restaurants, supermarkets, chemists and the like. Everything is operational throughout the year. At the crossroad you are more than likely to spot street vendors who have parked with their small trucks, selling almost anything from fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, potted plants and even large ceramic urns.