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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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  • Pros: - Learn a great deal about the islands history prior to the eruption (around 1600BC) from a fantastically knowledgeable guides/archaeologists ( you’d have the option of visiting without one but....  more
    Pros: - Learn a great deal about the islands history prior to the eruption (around 1600BC) from a fantastically knowledgeable guides/archaeologists ( you’d have the option of visiting without one but....  more »
  • The guide provided by NST was excellent, but the 45min. time allowed for the tour was way too short. She had to rush trough the site, and could not express her clear knowledge and interest. I would... 
    The guide provided by NST was excellent, but the 45min. time allowed for the tour was way too short. She had to rush trough the site, and could not express her clear knowledge and interest. I would...  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.

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