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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

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Address: Akrotiri 84700, Greece
Phone Number: GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Description: 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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After Athens, I had enough - but worth the hour

I had seen enough ancient ruins in Athens, but we stopped here as part of a day long tour. It turned out to be quite interesting. Unfortunately the special tour guide that has to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I had seen enough ancient ruins in Athens, but we stopped here as part of a day long tour. It turned out to be quite interesting. Unfortunately the special tour guide that has to be licensed to give a tour of the actual ruins kept us waiting 30 minutes - luckily we found some shade. Once inside she gave us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is an ongoing covered excavation. Still interesting in spite of the fact that most of the wall paintings & artifacts have been removed to the museum in town. I enjoyed seeing the museum in Fira along with this site, or if you only have time for one, it's probably best to do the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic introduction to Minoan history: the current site is only judged to be about 3% of the pre historic town. The story of its discovery, the work in progress & the conservation of this site are all well worth the visit. Access is good: we took the bus from Fira, about a 20 minute trip. The visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Happy to much has been accomplished in uncovering these ancient sites over the past few years. The walls are so tall you can really imagine the structures, not just small stones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A fascinating site with amazing history, the ruins of Akrotiri are well worth a visit. The most beautiful parts in the murals, may be in museums but the ruins themselves are well worth a visit. If you do go try and go on a guided tour, as this will bring all the sites to life. And also if at thd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

At first i thought i was going to see an open site like Thira but when we got there and went inside the complex building which protects the site you cannot fail to be impressed. Although busy, if you avoid the guarded tours and take your time you can read all about the city being destroyed by two earthquakes and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

After visiting the natural 'open air' Ancient Thira site we made our way to the Akrotiri Archeological site. This attraction is on the tourist trail and swarms of people from tour buses regularly invade the site. Admission is set at 5 euros per person. We hadn't realised but the whole archeological element of the site is under cover - a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We took a bus to be there and cost us 5 euro to get in. It was not a good location to go without a car because the frequency of public bus was every 1-2 hours. We finally got a taxi after visiting the site with another family to share the cost (to Fira downtown 15 euro which was quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Not everybody is history fan and not many history fans are really interested in archeological excavations on site : they read books or watch TV, mostly . But Santorini is very probably that huge volcano whose explosion @1650 B.C.initiated the legend of the sunken Atlantis and its civilisation - so there is a mighty reason to go there and to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lugar fantástico! Ruinas da antiga civilização na ilha. Podemos observar um pouco do modo como viviam e o que faziam. Era um povo relativamente rico e fascina-me estar a passar junto de casas onde há milhares de anos viviam pessoas. Consegue-se ver perfeitamente o resultado de pelo menos duas erupções do vulcão e que terá destruído a cidade. Visita obrigatória... More 

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