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In 1967, archaeologists uncovered the spectacularly well-preserved remains of an ancient Bronze Age Minoan village at Ancient Akrotiri, destroyed by a mighty volcanic eruption in around 1650 BC.

The most famous Minoan site outside Crete, the sandstone remains of Akrotiri’s buildings reach several stories. Their door and window lintels are spookily intact, along with stone walls and porticoes, courtyards and rooms. As at Pompeii, the buildings were preserved  by the volcanic ash. Fortunately, unlike Pompeii, it appears that the villagers were safely evacuated, as no skeletons have been unearthed during the excavation.

The excavation site has been closed for several years, though restoration is continuing. To get an idea of what lies beneath, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where gorgeous frescos of boats, fishers, wildlife and everyday people from several millennia ago are displayed. You can also see personal artifacts like pottery and furniture.

Practical Info

The ancient site of Akrotiri lies southeast of the modern-day village of the same name, on the island’s curly-toed southern tip.

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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

Venture around the ancient ruins of Akrotiri on a walking tour, and then spend the afternoon sipping crisp Santorini wine during visits to three island ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.53

Santorini Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation

Spend your time in the port of Santorini discovering the wonders of the island. On this private shore excursion, you will visit the island's capital, Fira, ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $164.30

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