Santorini Akrotiri Excavations

Santorini Akrotiri Excavations

Akrotiri is an ancient city of the Bronze age, founded by the Minoans on the island of Santorini. The city was destroyed by the catastrophic volcano eruption of Santorini about 1.640 B.C. The eruption covered the city with volcanic ash, which preserved the buildings, frescoes and artifacts in surprisingly good condition. The ancient city of Akrotiri most likely inspired Plato for the Atlantis story. The excavation started in 1967 by professor Marinatos Spiros. Akrotiri excavation brought to light a lot of different artifacts, which are very import and to archaeologists, as they help them understand ancient Greek societies. The excavation is still taking place, and new artifacts come to light. The site is open to public daily, and its something you must see once you come to Santorini, as its considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Akrotiri excavation site in Santorini is easy accessable.

You could drive your rental car there, and leave it at the parking just near the entrance, or just take a public bus or private transfer.

Santorini Akrotiri Excavations

Akrotiri archeological site

Even if someone is not very interested in archeological sites in general, this place truly sparks imagination. Walking around this unique place, while at the same time in the back ground, archeologists are working on plain sight is a stimulating experience.

The knowledge of the dramatic destruction that ended an entire civilization is combined with the mystery of what happened to the inhabitants. To make the best out of your visit, there are books and maps available at the entrance, as well as certified guides that you can hire. All the interesting spots of Thira can be reached comfortably with a vehicle.

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