National Geographic : 1944 May
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Maynard Owen Williams A Golden Belfry, Backed by New Lava, Symbolizes the Change of Thera's Name to Santorin, inHonor ofSt. Irene Originally, Thera, as a Phoenician colony, knew the cruel pagan gods Melkart and Astarte. Then came immigrants from Crete, land ofthe Minotaur and the Snake Goddess. Egyptian Ptolemies had an outpost here. Now, when war threatens or the volcano shudders again, thesound ofchurch bells sweeps the lava slopes.