The ruins of Akrotiri

The history of a place usually has a double vision: on the one hand, it is the story of the people who lived there and their achievements; On the other hand, it is the history of the place itself. Santorini has a very rich history On both sides. It is the cradle where a civilization was born, a civilization so advanced that it keeps us perplexed, even after 3700 years. But it is also a constant evolution of the Earth, which has been born, died and has come back to life several times. It is not by chance that This land has been related to several myths and legends and, for some scholars, has been associated with lost Atlantis.

What will we find in the ruins of Akrotiri?

Like Pompeii, Akrotiri has been perfectly conserved under volcanic debris. But Akrotiri has been forgotten, while Pompeii was a thriving Roman city.  Akrotiri was a close ally of the Minoan culture in Crete, which flourished about 3,500 years ago. The remains are impressive: Two-and three-story houses, pleasantly decorated with mural paintings, witnesses to a prosperity that has only recently returned to Santorini. In addition, the city was built by the sea, showing that people enjoyed a security of which they have lacked the subsequent generations for thousands of years. It is really impressive the high level of development achieved by these people more than three millennia ago.

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The city is being rebuilt From the cataclysm that happened in the 17th century BC, but the discoveries show that The site was occupied from the Middle Neolithic period (in the middle of the fifth millennium BC). Just the 3% of the site has been excavated so far. Many of the glorious remains of the site can be visited in the Prehistory Museum Thira in Fira (8.30 to 14.30, closed on Mondays).

The Tickets cost 5 euros and you can take pictures without flash Throughout the entire excavation. If you want to remove with flash or video you must request a permit. For Get to the ruins, you have to do it from the village of Akrotiri or the Red Beach.

Location of Akrotiri

The ruins of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini
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