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Akrotiri, Akrotiri

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Set your clock back a few thousand years with a visit to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption around 1627 BCE. The volcanic ash buried the remains of many everyday objects used by the settlement's inhabitants, preserving for posterity the ancient way of life of a long-lost culture. Some historians suggest this archeological site, once an important port city on the Aegean, served as an inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis, a supposedly fictional place mentioned in two of the philosopher's major works. To gain a better understanding of the lost community, take a guided tour around the excavation site. You can plan Akrotiri trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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.....  more
    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.....  more »
  • It's a great place to attend, a bit like a little Pompei, and it's very interesting when you like archaelogical sites ! 
    It's a great place to attend, a bit like a little Pompei, and it's very interesting when you like archaelogical sites !  more »
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  • Very well presented. Easy to walk around. Unique Minoan very rare. Well preserved like Pompeii because the volcanic ash protected it! At least 3500 years old. Well worth a visit!
  • A look into the lives of neolithic people living in marvelously decorated and magnificent 3-story houses before being eradicated by the volcano in an instant. A bit eerie to walk around the ruins but definitely worth a visit.
  • Very cool, large portion of the ancient city is contained in a roofed structure which allows you to be protected from sun more or less. Sufficient placards with info but for best experience you may want to use guided tour if you're very into the history.
  • Truly unique place. City ruins are in an amazing shape. There are also some interesting information around the exhibition. The film showing how the life before cataclysm looked like in the city is also quite nice.
  • Interesting. However it would be great if there was some actual reconstructions of what it would have been like. It’s very interesting but a few boards around with info on, however I just felt it could have been a lot more of an experience, and certainly more educational.

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