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Don't forget to visit The Archealogical Site of Akrotiri.
an explanation
Although known throughout the modern day world as Santorini, the island's official name is Thira, also written as Thera.
Please note that there is an admission fee to visit the archaeological sites..

Santorini : Archaeological Sites
A Wealth of History

Since the first inhabitants arrived on 'Strogili' (one of the many different names for Santorini - it means 'The Round One') around 3000 BC and the first pre-historic settlements were created, Santorini has become a haven for archaeologists and history lovers.

The first traces came to light in 1860, and 10 years later the French archaeologists H. Gorgeix and H. Mamet began excavations at the mines of Thirassia and subsequently in Akrotiri on Santorini island itself.

Their efforts were continued in 1896 by Baron Hilier von Gaertrinken in the area of Mesa Vouno, which revealed evidence of settlement as early as 9th century BC

In 1967 a team headed by Spiros Marinatos revealed the Late Minoan City of Akrotiri, the center of a major Aegean civilisation of the mid 16th century BC

Excavations continue till the present day, and many of the artifacts have been housed in the various museums on the island ...

Akrotiri : The Excavations
Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium BC)...
See more : Akrotiri Excavations
See more : Akrotiri Map

Ancient Thira - The Settlement
The second important period in the history of Santorini is linked with the city of Ancient Thira. The excavation was begun in 1896 by Baron Hiller von Gaertringen in the area of Mesa Vouno...
See more : Ancient Thira Settlement


Akrotiri Excavations The Fisherman


Ancient Thira The Settlement

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