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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.

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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini, Santorini, null
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Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Take a break from Santorini’s beaches and discover Minoan excavations, the island’s ancient capital and the famous Oia sunset on a full-day tour! ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.11
Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour, Santorini, Day Trips
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Ancient Akrotiri and Santorini Wineries Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Discover the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, sip Santorini wine at three wineries on this 6-hour Santorini tour! Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, learn about ...  Read more

Location: Santorini, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.59
Explore Akrotiri Private Tour, Santorini, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Explore Akrotiri Private Tour

Discover the remains of a prehistoric city,that remained buried for almost 4000 years,it gives us unique and valuable information about the art,the ...  Read more

Location: Thera, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.61
Private Santorini History and Wine Tasting Tour, Santorini, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Santorini History and Wine Tasting Tour

Explore the myths and legends of Santorini on a 5 hour History and Wine Tasting Tour of the Akrotiri excavations, one of the most important prehistoric ...  Read more

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

From USD $114.70

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