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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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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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Amazingly well done display of archeological digs into the old city. Gave a good impression of just how deep the ash was that covered the entire city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazingly well done display of archeological digs into the old city. Gave a good impression of just how deep the ash was that covered the entire city.

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Santorini, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is incredible! Even if you aren't a fan of archaeology you need to come here. It is sad that this was discovered 50 years ago and they have only excavated 3 of the buildings but in only 3 buildings they have found hundreds of vases and jars and beautiful wall paintings that show a very advanced civilization. The Greek... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was wonderful. Everything is so well preserved and the layout is just incredible. I do wish there would have been more information at the stations though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here because we were driving by and it was in Lonely Planet. It ended up being one of our favorite sites in our entire trip to Greece. Very well done with lots of information.

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St Lucia, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You actually do need a guide at this site to really experience the uniqueness of this ancient city. History is very interesting. Try and avoid a guide with a crowd of people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Akrotiri in June and to get the most out of this site, hire a guide. The guides make everything make sense. I should have done more reading before going, and probably paid more attention to the guide. My time was spent photographing this amazing site. From the multi-level dwellings, to the 2nd floor toilets and the table/bed frames,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

€5, great site, but best part was actually closed off by rope. I do recommend visiting but I was very disappointed that the best part, where you can walk amongst the building at 'ground level', was CLOSED!! Very annoyed. Was told it is open in the summer and that the entire site costs more in summer than the 5 euros... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable the history of this island. Worth the visit to get the inside glimpse of a time long ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband & I offer the following recommendations for visiting this site… 1) Hire a guide in advance We tried a bit of exploring on our own using onsite signage...very confusing & frustrating.  Without our fantastic private guide (archeologist Spiros Thermos at spythermos@yahoo.com) our rating of the site would have been MUCH lower. If you plan to use the onsite Akrotiri... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was set on visiting Akrotiri based on reviews. When we checked in at our hotel in Fira we also rented a small car to get around the island. So we drove down and left our car in the parking lot. The site doesn't look like very much from outside. We payed the entrance fee, which was not a whole... More 

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