Akrotiri Archaeological Site

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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Akrotiri Archaeological Site
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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Christina K
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Jun 2022 • Family
Amazing place and definitely a must visit in santorini! It wouldn’t be though a unique experience without our guide Yanis, who actually transferred us, with his magnificent guided tour, in the streets of ancient akrotiri town. It wouldn’t be the same without him! Wow!!!!!!
Written June 30, 2022
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PaintedLadyHan
Birmingham, UK25 contributions
Jun 2022
The site at Akrotiri is a fabulous find of the oldest known European city destroyed along with the rest of the Minoan culture, such as on Crete.

The site itself is really well set up and presented with a roof over the remains of this pre-historic city. It is well looked after, clean and tidy with a cafe and toilets and outdoor seating. There is a walkway around the ruins and you can see buildings up to first floor level, windows, doors and stairways. It is truly amazing,

However, with such an interesting story to tell about this city and the people who lived there and what their lives were like, the interpretation of the site and storytelling was a massive fail.

There was a model of the site as it is today but a twin model of how it is believed the site to have looked before the eruption would have been really useful. The information panels were very old and out of date and read like they had been written by archaeologists and curators and was rather academic rather than being written by interpretation or storytelling professionals. Some were even hand written and looked like they dated to the period of the excavations in the 1960s! It would have been great to have reconstruction drawings and videos and some information about the people and the place, what evidence there was for their lives, their jobs etc. There was one video about one of the houses which was really good and more of this sort of interpretation would have been brilliant.

There are some amazing finds of pots and figurines and wall paintings found at the site but these are all in the little prehistoric museum in Fira (which is well worth a visit but these objects should be displayed on site).

Could be amazing but better interpretation/ information/ storytelling required for such an amazing site.
Written June 26, 2022
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Juliette G
16 contributions
Jun 2022
It's a great place to attend, a bit like a little Pompei, and it's very interesting when you like archaelogical sites !
Written June 25, 2022
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Cindee H
21 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had a private tour of Akrotiri, with a driver to get us to the site. Our guide, Georgia, was perfect for taking us through this amazing archaeological site, explaining the civilization that lived there and the advanced technological features.
Written June 20, 2022
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nagytibi
Budapest, Hungary474 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Archeological site with well preserved buildings and wide variety of rare tools. There is a roof over the site so you do not have to be afraid of the sun.
Written June 17, 2022
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MUG132
London, UK19 contributions
Jun 2022
This is an excellent site to visit, giving you a feel for what life was like. Walking amongst the ruins felt like being back in that time .Well worth a visit , its undercover so also a break from the sun.
Written June 17, 2022
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Leonidas B
Athens, Greece61 contributions
Jun 2022
A must of the island, do not miss it! It worth to use a guide to get all the experience of this well presented ancient city, you can see in good shape 3-4 roof buildings, it worth to take the 15 euros ticket to visit the Fira museum as well were all the 'Fresco's" are kept.
Written June 14, 2022
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Amit N
Princeton, NJ20 contributions
May 2022
Magnificent site - not to be missed. What the Minoans achieved before the volcanic eruption is mind blowing!
Videos are nicely put together and a must watch.
Written June 4, 2022
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DeepeshB
Indore, India116 contributions
May 2022
I would recommend going in only if you are interested in looking at the excavations. It's a quite big shaded area around the excavation site, if you are into such stuff, should definitely go in!
Written June 4, 2022
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,283 contributions
Jun 2022
We came here to escape the heat of 12-3pm in the afternoon as it is all undercover the site itself is impressive the amount they have excavated and the attention to detail. some pieces they've restored to show you what it would have looked like worth the visit
Written June 2, 2022
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