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“Touristy!” 3 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We went to Akrotiri as one of our first stops on the island and were very pleased until...

It is very well orchestrated for tourists in its flow etc There is a lot to see but it is hard to see because of the number of tours and tourists in the building. Caution, if you get a tour, make sure your guide is approved. Ask at the entrance as to what to look for.

This is where the until comes in. We visited Ancient Thera later and were blown away. If you have to pick miss this and go to Ancient Thera.

Visited September 2012
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“Work in progress”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Potentially a very attractive site for lovers of antiquity. To preserve the ruins a huge roof has been erected with intrusive columns which burrow deep into the ancient site. Unfortunately it is very poorly signed and unless you have a guide it is difficult to understand what you are actually viewing. The small brochure you are given upon admission is fairly useless. .Admission is 5 euro and the inconspicuous site is located on the southern tip of the island

Visited February 2013
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“2000 Years before Pompei”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

In my opinionn when in Santorini a visit to the Akrotiri is a must. It's a prehistoric city like pompei that was covered by lava when the volcano erupted some 4000 years ago!!!!! its woth every cent to get a guide so you can get a complete picture of the cite. I found it very interesting and worhtwhile.

Visited August 2012
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“"Lost City of Atlantis?" Excavation site on display”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was our second visit to Santorini & Akrotiri has been recently reopened to the public, having been buried for more than 3,000 years under volcanic ash. It is widely believed to be a Minoan city known as the Lost City of Atlantis. Excavation is ongoing and we visited as part of a tour with Princess Cruises which included a guide. Others from the ship took a private tour & the guide was not certified to enter the site, therefore leaving them to walk through on their own. When visiting a site like this, it is most imperative to have a guide explaining the background as well as what the visitor is looking at. Entrance fee, steps and some uneven walking.

Visited November 2012
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“Giving insight to a lost culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Visiting Acrotiti on Santorini is taking you back to this ancient culture, that was eradicated 1.600 years B.C. by the volcanic explosion of Santorini covering the area in up to 30 meters of ashes.
Only 3 % have been excavated and is all covered under a large roof; making it very pleasant to see the buildings and artifacts reappearing.
Truly amazing to observe this advanced culture, where the women held a high position and even used makeup to emphasize this.

Visited July 2012
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