Nearby

Megalochori

village in Greece

3.66km

Pyrgos

village in Greece

5.41km

Vothonas

town in Santorini

5.94km

Perissa

village in Greece

6.86km

Fira

village in Greece

7.19km

Kamari

village in Greece

7.79km

Thirassia

Greek island in the volcanic island group of Santorini

10km

Ia

village in Greece

12km

Sights

Akrotiri (Santorini)

It was back in the end 19th century, that the volcanic Theran earth was excavated to provide first material for the construction of the Suez Canal. There have been traces of a prehistoric settlement, but it wasn’t until 1967 when the excavations at the so-called ancient Akrotiri started. The most important excavations, which brought to light multi-level buildings and masterpiece-wall paintings, were conducted by the archaeologist Spryridon Marinatos, a professor at the University of Athens. This is one of the best preserved sites all over Greece, and we owe that to the same factor that caused its destruction. After the eruption of the volcano in the 17 century B.C., the whole island, and Akrotiri as well, has been covered with volcanic material. This material has, however, played a major role in the protection of the ancient settlement and especially its wall paintings.The archaeological site was closed from 2005-2012, due to a partial collapse of the shelter protecting the site from the elements, but has been regularly open since 2012.

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Akrotiri

Akrotiri is a village in Santorini. It is on the southwestern side of Santorini and though it offers great view of the caldera and volcano, like Fira and Ia is not that touristically developed. It has become famous, due to the ancient settlement of Aktrotiri, which is located next the modern Akrotiri village

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