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Pyrgos, a word that literally means “tower” in Greek, stands proudly at a highpoint of the Santorinian mainland; at the foothill of the imposing Mt. Profitis Ilias. Back in the times of crusaders and pirates, it used to be Santorini’s capital, sheltering the locals from pirate attacks with its unique fortress-like architecture. This architecture, the famed “Kastelia” of Santorini, is characterized by the village’s homes, which are built close to one another, forming an impenetrable wall, and the narrow, winding alleys that would hinder any enemy raid, and is nowadays considered iconic of Santorini’s traditional way of living. The evocative Pyrgos is the best preserved of the island’s Kastelia, redolent of the weathered past of Santorini and a mystifying location that enchants all visitors reaching its – now welcoming – enclave.