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“A must if you are interested in history”

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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Owner description: 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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“A must if you are interested in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

The site was excavated by an archeologists in the 1960's and it earthed signs of how locals were living 4-5,000 years ago.
The importance of the island, their civilisation and mostly how life was there about 2,000 years ago. Ruins from settlements with some elements of their civilisation and detailed descriptions of their lives makes the visit very intresting indeed.
Some wall decorations have removed and they are exhibited in the local museum.

Visited June 2014
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“Easily access to 7000 years of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

What an amazing location. Significant earthquakes and volcanic eruptions mean there are layers of civilisation upon each other.

The new building for the site is excellent, making it a cool temp any time of day, and allowing you views both from above the site, and time to walk between the ancient buildings themselves.

Info is good but a little sparse. The guides seem good but a little expensive in my view. Prob worth reading up a bit first. Wikipedia good place to start, or I found this interesting too... http://www.santorini-eruption.org.uk/chapter2_4.htm

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“Amazing ancient site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We went there as truly amazed by how good they preserved the site. The excavation gallery itself was very modern and spacious. And the explanation was very informative. This is definitely worth seeing to know the history of a little part of the island.

Visited June 2014
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“Amazing glimpse into an ancient civilization”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed visiting ancient Akrotiri. The site is amazingly well preserved given the age. Some of the artifacts remain in-situ, but the majority are in other museums. The site would have been even more impressive if they had left some of the wall paintings intact to give you a sense of what the houses and buildings looked like originally. Either way, it was very interesting to get a glimpse of how advanced this ancient civilization was. I would recommend a tour guide unless you have a good imagination. I listened in on a couple tours and heard some interesting facts. Despite being somewhat out of the way, I would definitey recommend visiting this site. Renting a car or ATV would be the most convenient way since the buses on Santorini were infrequent and unrelible at best. Overall, Ancient Akrotiri is a must see for anyone visiting Santorini.

Visited May 2014
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“Great job of restoring the site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We visited the site years ago and the new enclosure and footpaths are much better now. A great way to see some of the history of the island.

Visited June 2014
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