The Museum of Prehistoric Thera & Ancient Thera

The archaeological site of Akrotiri

If you are a history lover then we strongly recommend you to visit the museum of Prehistoric Thira and the Ancient Thira Settlement. This museum is directly connected with the archeological site of Akrotiri and specifically with the great prosperity that followed during the 17th century BC.

Reports suggest the residents fled after the volcano warned of an eruption. So the inhabitants of Akrotiri hurried to leave this settlement carrying with them only the valuables. They left behind a legacy indelible in time that includes exhibits such as: murals depicting landscapes of Santorini, ceramics and jars, while the findings such as barbecue and a portable oven of that time are an impression of gastronomic interest.

During your tour, it is also worth visiting the ancient settlement of Thira. The huge area occupied by the archeological site is worth mentioning as it is one of the largest areas in the world. In a historical retrospect, we learn that it was inhabited for at least 100 years and reports speak of the period of prosperity of the settlement during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was also used as a shelter during the Byzantine years. Among others, main points of interest are the Agora, the Sanctuary of Artemis, and the Royal Gallery as well as the ancient theater against the backdrop of the endless blue of the Aegean.

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