Ancient Thira and Akrotiri
Thira is an amazing archaeological site, dating from 8th century BC
The post-eruption settlement of Ancient Thira (also known asThera) is near Perissa, located on the rocky headland of Mesa Vouna between the beaches of Kamari and Perissa. The ancient site is named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras. Ancient Thira was believed to be the only urban settlement on Santorini up to the 5th century.
The site has stunning views over Kamari and Perissa and is impressively large, containing : Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine ruins. The site has a mixture of buildings from different periods and consist of one main street, intersected by smaller streets.
The ancient city consisted of temples, houses, an agora ( the city's
gathering place), a theatre( with seating for about 1,500), Roman baths,
Byzantine walls and a gymnasium.
Several marble statues of youths, known as kouroi, including the Apollo of Thera, were discovered in the burial grounds below the ancient city and are believed to date from the 7th century BC. The marble is thought to have come from the island of Naxos, as there were no marble quarries on Santorini.
German archaeologists excavated the residential area and part of the cemeteries between 1895 and 1902. The other cemeteries were excavated by N. Zapheiropoulos between 1961-1982.
Finds from the excavations are kept at the Archaeological
Museum in Fira. Open 8.30 - 15.00 (Mon closed)
Leave at least 90 min to tour the site as there is lots to see! It is a rocky 45 minute walk from from Perissa, or if driving take the road from Kamari - the site is 3km south
Open Tuesday-Sunday 8.00am to 2.30pm - 1 April until 31 October €2
More info: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Tip: Go as early as you can as it can be very hot with little shade on the site. Take plenty of water and sun protection and wear comfortable shoes as it can be quite a trek. On certain days it can be quite windy. There are no toilets.
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