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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Akrotiri
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash, preserving it for present-day archeologists and interested tourists.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Be sure to go to this site with a tour guide that can tell you all about the ruins - there isn't much information about the ruins at the actual site. Beautiful wall paintings were found here but prepare to be disappointed as they aren't available to the public. Our tour guide had pictures for us to view and was... More

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This visit has really whetted my appetite for Minoan archaeology. The site is superb, although the information boards could be more comprehensive, a private guide is essential to get the most from the visit. I am staggered at how far advanced the Minoans were in comparison to the rest of the world. Quite amazing!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

With a brief cab ride from Fira, we spent part of the day at Akrotiri before going to one of the world famous "black sand beaches". Akrotiri was a great view of Ancient Greece and trying to understand how the Minoans were so far advanced technologically compared to the rest of the world thousands of years before Christ. They had... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Can't recommend it enough! Although small, but the archeological site itself is just superb and cannot help but admire those who constructed this little village.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Another example of how people used to live in Greece so many years ago!It is really astonishing..I loved it!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It costs 5 euros to enter which when compared to the 3 to enter Ancient Thera was slightly disappointing as the city is only 3% excavated due to no more money being allocated. It is interesting to walk around but is over in less than 30 minutes as most of it you view from elevated platforms. I would recommend going,... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Visit this after you have been to the museum to see the remains of the houses that contained the artefacts. It is all contained under cover via walkways on various levels.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Really interesting site and the building covering it is worth seeing too. Was a shame there was no room that showed a video of the excavations and explained the site better.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We rented a car from Oia and toured the island one day. This was a must stop for us and it was really cool. We did not come with a tour group, so you can pay for a guide when you arrive except they require a minimum of 6 people which we could not assemble so we were headed in... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Greeks are really good in preserving their history- the site is located near the Red beach and it is working till 6 or 7 p.m. (which means that you can visit it late in the afternoon when there aren't that many people). The site is covered by a big tent and in practice is a closed building. I am... More

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