One of the most important historic sites of the Aegean is undoubtedly Akrotiri or the Lost City of Atlantis, according to Plato! This is a well preserved site, depicting the ruins of a glorious civilization that thrived thousands of years ago in Santorini. According to the excavations, there has been great progress in the way people lived in Akrotiri, with the settlement highlighting wealth and commercial activities. If you wander through the historic site, you will see where the locals used to spend their days. There are even three-leveled buildings, which is really amazing to consider.
The site dates back to at least the 3rd century B.C. and the Early Bronze Age. Akrotiri is a Minoan settlement, which was destroyed by the huge eruption of the island’s volcano. The lava buried a fascinating place, but the strenuous work of archaeologists has paid off, bringing to light spectacular frescoes and findings of great value. You will find a marvelous collection of the artifacts in the Prehistoric Museum of Santorini in Fira. However, it is worth visiting the site of Akrotiri and taking a glimpse at the past, in the very same footsteps of our ancestors.
There is a path connecting the old excavation site of Akrotiri with the modern town, which is a truly amazing route. This path may also lead you to the famous Red Beach, for a memorable excursion in Santorini. If you are planning to visit the Akrotiri site, you had better organize a trip with a licensed guide that will help you and offer enlightening pieces of information about the wider area of Akrotiri, the volcanic eruptions and the historic past of the place.
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