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“Prehistoric City - Buried in Volcanic Ash since 17th Century BC” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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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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“Prehistoric City - Buried in Volcanic Ash since 17th Century BC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Seeing the "work in progress" excavations in Akrotiri was a highlight of our "cruise ship" day in Santorini. To walk through the well preserved ruins (under cover) - which represent only a small part of what was once a large city - was very interesting. We were amazed at the sophistication of the town, with a sewer system and hot and cold water. The best part was walking down a "main street" which had facades of three story buildings complete with large window openings, doors and pottery remains. No guide - just a brochure - and not enough time - but it was still amazing to see an ancient city that was more than just foundations. There is conjecture that this city may have been the inspiration for the Atlantis that Plato talked about. We rented a car and drove (both here and to Oia) with no problems. Enabled us to see a lot in a limited amount of time especially using our "CityMaps2Go" app that allowed us to track where we were via GPS and no WiFi. I believe there is a lot more that will be discovered here.

Visited October 2012
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“Worth a visit, but you really need to be an archaeologist?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

It's good that this site is finally open again, and I'm glad we saw it. Awesome to think that it was inhabited by civilized people nearly 4000 years ago.

However, you probably need an archaeologist's training to get much of an idea of what is really here and what it looked like. There were a few sections where the layman (like me) could see enough of a building to get a sense of it. But the informational labeling was rather scanty.

It's only been re-opened for a short time though, and perhaps they will improve this. It is nice that it's roofed-over: could be very dusty in windy conditions.

Visited October 2012
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“Archeology”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was an interesting site to see if you want to see something recently discovered, and only opened to the public since May 2012. It is covered and enclosed which offers protection from the sun and heat. As a lover of Greek history and culture, Akrotiri is on the south side of the island with an interesting history and location, making it a realistic possibility for the lost city of Atlantis.
To fully appreciate the site and surrounding area, a guide is a must. It's a nice trip along the coast to see other parts of the island and is combined with other nearby sites to make a wonderful day!! It was one of the highlights of our trip exploring historical sites. Minimal fees.

Visited June 2012
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“For archeology lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

A real fine place.
A pity that no guided tour is provided if travelling on your own.
Had the chance to discuss with a guide waiting for his cruise group.
That makes quite a difference. Did you know that the excavation did not show one city but at least 4 to 5, each time destroyed by the volcano, people fleeing, their descendants coming decades later and building a new city?

Visited May 2012
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“BORING!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

A long way to go for not a lot!!! Having been to Ephesus a few days prior, this ruin was a huge let down! Definitely miss this.......Santorini is sooooo beautiful, rent a quad, drive to Oui and go to the wineries instead!

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