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One of the most historically significant sights in all of Greece is the archaeological site of Akrotiri, in Santorini. Both beautiful, and powerful, the depth of historical, as well as anthropological significance in this area is sure to make any vacation to Santorini a more provocative, and memorable experience - truly, a vacation that will never be forgotten.
Akrotiri is an excavated site of a former Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed with the Theran volcano erupted in 1627 BC. The eruption ended up burying the settlement in volcanic ash, preserving many objects and pieces of artwork. The site was first excavated in 1967. However, this settlement is believed to be the inspiration for the mythical city of Atlantis in Plato's story of Atlantis. The Akrotiri settlement is named for the modern village that rests upon a nearby hill, as the actual name of the settlement is unknown.
A trip to Santorini is a brilliant vacation idea no matter where you plan on visiting while there. However, a trip that includes a visit to Akrotiri makes your vacation a truly awe-inspiring and humbling adventure that is sure to leave you not only with a greater appreciation for the world around you, but of your own life. With its perfect blend of natural beauty and wonder, as well as man-made artefacts, the site is a truly eye-opening, and jaw-dropping experience that is not to be missed.
Taking a trip to visit Akrotiri is usually going to end up being a day trip, as taking in the site usually takes upwards of two hours to fully experience as there is so much to take in because nearly all of the buildings on the site have survived (all except for the roofs.) While touring the site you will have the opportunity to take a stroll along the streets and the squares that made up the ancient city, as well as take in some of the homes and even religious areas of the society. There are storage areas, work stations, cooking stations, mills and even looms scattered around the city.
Of course, there is also the drama of the preservation. You will be able to see the outcome the volcanic eruption had on the city, as there is dramatic evidence of the termination of life from Akrotiri. While you can take in the physical elements of the site, there are also a lot of accompanying literature and exhibits that help elaborate and fill out details of the story of Akrotiri, and the history of the place, all of which help to deliver a deeper understanding of the era, and the people.
The site has been made wheelchair-accessible, and also has a medical station on site, so it is accessable for everyone you may be travelling with.
Much like the rest of Santorini, the weather in and around Akrotiri is beautiful nearly all-year-round. This means that there should not be a lot of stress when it comes to plotting your trip to take in the wonders the archaeological site holds. With extremely warm temperatures during the summer months, and temperatures that range from warm to mild in the fall and winter months, you are always going to be able to take in the wonders of the site to their fullest.
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