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ANCIENT THIRA’S ARCHAEOLOGICAL SIGHT

It is an archeological sight in a region which had been inhabited for over 1000 years and it is located in the southern-east of the island, in a rock with an altitude of 369 meters of Mesa Vouno, between the today’s settlements of Perisssa and Kamari. The settlement’s position is of strategic significance, and this had been realized by the Spartans residents in the beginning of 8th century B.C. The captain of the residents was Thiras, to whom it owes its today’s official name the island. For many years the settlement, the city-nation of Thira, was the island’s only urban centre, while after a lot of time there were created six smaller settlements. In Byzantine years was mainly used by the citizens of around places as a shelter against the pirates invasions. This reconstruction of the archeological that lasts a lot of years, has a result the destruction of the older settlements for the erection of new ones and so today, the existed findings are from the Hellenic and Roman era. A lot of the sight’s findings are exhibited in Fira’s Archaeological Museum. The visitor can easily understand the city’s organization and its citizen daily routine.

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Akrotiri’s archeological sight.

Akrotiri is located at the Thira’s south coast and it is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Aegean. Its inhabitance dates around Neolithic era. The settlement’s big extent, the artificially made drainage system, the multi-storey buildings with the wonderful wall paintings and the furniture, witness the settlement’s big development. Akrwtiri was often communicating with other important areas such as Crete, mainland Greece, Dodekanisa, Cyprus, Syria and Egypt. The earthquakes and the eruptions that followed the years after had as a result the settlement’s end, at the end of 17th century B.C. The lava from the eruption covered the whole island, just like it happened with Pompeii.

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