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SANTORINI WORTH SEEING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF AKROTIRI



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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF AKROTIRI
It 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 millenium B.C.). During the Early Bronze Age (3rd millenium B.C.), a sizeable settlement was founded and in the Middle and early Late Bronze Age (ca. 20th-17th centuries B.C.) it was extended and gradually developed into one of the main urban centres and ports of the Aegean. The large extent of the settlement (ca. 20 hectares), the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storeyed buildings with the magnificent wall-paintings, furniture and vessels, show its great development and prosperity. The various imported objects found in the buildings indicate the wide network of its external relations. Akrotiri was in contact with Crete but also communicated with the Greek Mainland, the Dodecanese, Cyprus, Syria and Egypt. The town's life came to an abrupt end in the last quarter of the 17th century B.C. when the inhabitants were obliged to abandon it as a result of severe earthquakes. The erruption followed. The volcanic materials covered the entire island and the town itself. These materials, however, have protected up to date the buildings and their contents, just like in Pompei.

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ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF AKROTIRI
THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS AS ESTABLISHED FROM THE STRATIGRAPHY AT AKROTIRI
THE FRESCOES FROM AKROTIRI
COMMENTS ON THERAN MURAL PAINTING IN COMPARISON TO CONTEMPORARY MINOAN FRESCOES
SPYRIDON MARINATOS
XESTE 3
SAFFRON GATHERERS
SEATED GODDESS
SECTOR B
ANTELOPES
THE WEST HOUSE
FRESCO OF THE FISHERMAN
FLOTILLA MINIATURE FRIEZE
COMPLEX DELTA
SPRING FRESCO
HOUSE OF THE LADIES
XESTE 4
EXCAVATIONS IN AKROTIRI
SYNOPSIS OF THE MYTH
A COSMOPOLITAN HARBOUR TOWN IN THE BRONZE AGE AEGEAN
SIGMA FIREBARR PROTECTS THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AT AKROTIRI
THE 6 BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED
AKROTIRI IN BRIEF
MINOAN AKROTIRI
AKROTIRI: FIRST MARITIME REPUBLIC?
Re opening September 2011


ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF AKROTIRI PHOTOS

WALL PAINTINGS - The boxing boys and the antelopes. Two of the fabulous wall paintings of Akrotiri Santorini. EXCAVATIONS - Staircase - Stairs at Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Lilies wall painting - The wall painting of the lilies AKROTIRI EXCAVATIONS - WALL PAINTING -

Wall painting of the ships - Santorini's earliest sailors from the 1700's BC are beautifully immortalized
in the colorful Akrotiri wall paintings depicting these Minoan voyagers. 
WALL PAINTING - Lotus Fresco - WALL PAINTING - Lily Fresco -

THE UNCOVERED MONUMENTS - EXCAVATIONS IN AKROTIRI - Ruins from the city of Akrotiri - Ruins from the city of Akrotiri, which the ancient eruption buried in ash, much like Pompeii. Here, a room that was decorated with a fresco that pictured a rocky landscape, blossoming lilies and swallows.



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