The city of the old Thera

It is one of the Top spots in Santorini. It is located in a fortified place, at 396 above sea level. The Dorios created a closed society that was influenced only by its closest neighbors and only by its strategic position.

The site was excavated by a German expedition in the decade of 1860, and You can see remnants of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine culture. The ruins are limited, but you can see evidence of the Temples, houses with mosaic floors, an agora, a gym and a theatre with spectacular views And chop over the sea. Many of the ruins date back to the Ptolemys, who built temples to the gods of Egypt in the third and fourth centuries before Christ.

Old Thera, Santorini
Old Thera, Santorini

At the West End Of the site you will find a Sanctuary of the third century before Christ It has reliefs that symbolize the gods, an eagle (Zeus), a lion (Apollo), a Dolphin (Poseidon), and a phallus (Dionysus). To the east is the terrace of the celebrations. Graffiti is a problem even in the eighth century BC, and if you look, you can find the message in favor of the participatantes at festivals.

Old Thera, Santorini
Road to the old Thera, Santorini

How to get to the old Thera

If you decide to walk, there is a walking path from Perissa, and the hike is about thirty minutes. We warn you that the slope is quite steep, so if it is hot, bring water.

If you see the slope too complicated, you can go up and down on the bus, costs €10 from Kamari.

You may also be interested in our Santorini Guide

And if you want to go in your own vehicle, you can do it by taking the road from Kamari.

Location of the city of ancient Thera (ancient Thira)

The ancient city of Thera: Archaeology on the island of Santorini
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