Thursday, September 6: This morning I started my explorations of Fira. I came upon the Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
This cathedral is in great contrast to many of its Byzantine neighbours. The peach exterior. as well as its size, makes it stand out from afar. There is also a wonderfully ornate clock tower within which are also bells. The inside is just as decorative with large religious portraits framed with pillars. The dome from the interior is lilac blue and other parts are colored orange and cream. The cathedral is not that old; it was restored and opened in 1975 after suffering from the earthquake of 1956.
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