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Ancient Akrotiri

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.

Tours & Tickets

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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $84.19

Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $160.73

Private Small Group Tour of Ancient Akrotiri and Museums

Let your experienced local guide immerse you in the history of the island and the civilization of ancient times during this 5 hour trip. This tour is the ...  Read more

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

From USD $459.23

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