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Address: Akrotiri 84700, Greece
Phone Number: GPS N36.35 E25.40

This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th...

This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for present-day archaeologists and interested tourists. The site is so well preserved that it is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean.

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Eve of Destruction

Before volcanic destruction in the middle of the second millennium BC Akrotiri, as we now name this place, raised as one of the main port and urban centers of the Aegean, town... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Katowice, Poland
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Katowice, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Before volcanic destruction in the middle of the second millennium BC Akrotiri, as we now name this place, raised as one of the main port and urban centers of the Aegean, town with perfect combination of advanced architecture and cultural development, what was very sophisticated for its time. Dug up from volcanic layers complex buildings with not only ground floor... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice afternoon at the dig. Layers upon layers of civilization. Relatively accessible design for all ages and capabilities. Does not take long to go through...maybe one hour tops. If I had one day,,,just one day on Santorini I would not spend it here. I would hike from Fira to Oia or vice versa...visit the Winery Museum at Koutsogiannopoulos or... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second cruise to Santorini, so we opted to visit the rest of the island (after Oia and Fira). We found a small travel agent/shop right around the corner from the cable car exit in Fira, and hired a driver and guide...way cheaper (and personalized) than the boat excursions...for 2-3 hours. (There are island buses that run back and forth... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing set of ruins featuring discoveries going back 5000 years is preserved in a purpose build covered enclosure. One can only be awe inspired by the quality of structure and artistry of the bygone inhabitants. Not to be missed, see also the freascos preserved in the Museum of Ancient Thera in Fira.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating historical site. Well worth the visit. If you are travelling by by bus, check the times as they tend to be erratic and not accordingy to displayed schedule.

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Richmond, Brirtish Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The site of the Akrotiri Ruins where streets, homes, shops, artworks were buried under the volcanic ash. Digging of the ancient life is still on going. Some believe and claims this maybe the lost city of Atlantis. The walk inside is pleasant as it is under a roof. Bring lots of water to hydrate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our time on Santorini Island was very limited, so we decided to take a guided tour which included a tour through this dig site. The whole site is covered so that you are not exposed to the sun. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and included many details which were not usually available on the posted plaques. A good place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The site facilities at Akrotiri (including a very nice little gift shop!) have been purpose-built around the archaeological excavations, which are roofed over to protect them from the elements. The site itself is shown first from a panoramic walkway surrounding the excavations, from which you can descend down to walk among the ruins themselves. If you have a guide, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this archaeological site. We took a guide from the entrance and it was really entertaining. The stories told were nurturing our interest. The guide was well prepared. I don't know if it would be so great if we would do the tour by ourselves.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a bit hot, but it was informative to learn what the amazing civilization had existed so long time ago.

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