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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Ranked #4 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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Yass, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I have been teaching about Akrotiri for 20 years in my Ancient History classes in Australia so to see the site for real was amazing. So sad that Marinatos was killed after all his work on the site. So amazing that considering the force of the blast that blew away so much of the island and may have even been... More

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

I don't really do 'history' or 'archeological' type trips usually but every local we spoke to said we had to go so one very hot day we decided to go and pay it a visit. It was a few of the most interesting and awe inspiring places I have ever had the fortune to be able to visit. The age... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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