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“Finally open and well worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
Akrotiri 84700, Greece
GPS N36.35 E25.40
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner 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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“Finally open and well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This site is finally open after years of being closed for repairs. I stopped in with a group of college students who spent over two hours touring the site and drawing. Be sure and take the time for a guide. From the presentations I heard while drawing every guide was very informative and of a very high quality (which is not always the case). So don't spend the entire day at Red Beach which is right next door. Take the time to drive over to this site and explore it. All under a roof so you are out of the sun. Lots to read and learn about. Thank the Greek government for finally getting this important site back online.

Visited October 2013
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“Very Unusual”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

There is not a whole lot to see since the ruins are so old and not too much has been excavated, but it is interesting because of its age back to the 17th century BC. The guide gave us some good historical background which helped understand the significance of the site. Some of the best artifacts have been removed to other museums, but they have made some replicas.

Visited November 2013
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“Must See for Ancient History Wonks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The Akrotiri archeological site, like Pompeii, is an excavation of an ancient settlement. And, like Pompeii, artifacts have been relocated to various museums--bummer. The site is enclosed with elevated walks like the “Terrace Houses” at Ephesus. Combine this site with the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera where some artifacts from the site can be viewed (some have also been moved to Athens). Before leaving the area, walk (or drive) down to the end of the road to the rocky beach and have a drink at the tavern overlooking the sea.

Visited October 2013
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“History on the honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a remarkable place to visit. I went to Thira as a stop on the honeymoon not only because it is beautiful and romantic but also it has this amazing site. Could this be Atlantis? Maybe not but when you walk in the city is a time capsule you can imagine how they lived and what they did. Even if you don't like archeology the bus ride is worth it. My suggestion and only Criticism is that you go early they spontaneously decided to close when we went so I only had an hour here so keep that in mind.

Visited June 2013
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“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This notable town was buried by volcanic ash in 1600 BC, re-discovered in the past 50 years, and has only been 3% excavated. The entire site is housed with a roof overhead with wooden walkways plus explanatory plaques in Greek/English. The site seems covered in a tan/gray dust with little color. There are few if any mosaics or frescoes to see since they have mostly been moved to the Museum of Pre-Historic Art in Fira. One room has many painted pots. Several two- and three-story structures have been excavated plus staircases. Unlike Pompeii, no human remains have been found implying people had warning of the volcanic eruption. For some, I imagine this will all be fairly boring. For others, it may be a beautiful glimpse of a distant past. A 30-minute bus ride from Fira for just over 2 Euros one-way or a taxi for 15-20 Euros one-way.

Visited November 2013
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