In the village of Oxylithos, named after the shape of its hilltop (sharp stone), there was the crater of a volcano that was active thousands of years ago.

The terrain of the hill has been studied by many researchers, mainly Italians and Greeks, as it is considered the most evident remnant of volcanic activity in the broader region of the central Aegean. The examination of volcanic rocks showed that they were formed around eleven million years ago.

Built on the rocks of “Tourla” of the volcano is the stone-built Church of “Virgin Mary Oxylithiotissa,” which is the only church in Greece built on a volcano.

The volcano has been a source of inspiration for many artists, both locals and visitors to the area.

Under the church, there is a stone bench where you can sit and enjoy the incredible panoramic view.

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