The archaeological site of Akrotiri has a prominent place among the greatest archaeological discoveries globally. This settlement was inhabited from the Late Neolithic Age, around 4000 BC, and enjoyed its greatest growth before the big eruption of the volcano in 1650 BC. A thick layer of pumice and ash covered the settlement, resulting in the loss of an organized society of high cultural level, yet at the same time helping to preserve the ruins of the settlement intact, thus providing us the opportunity to walk through the well-built houses and narrow streets. A walk along the “street of Telchines” (the main road in the settlement), will easily transport you through time, giving you the chance to feel the atmosphere of this important state and the way of life of the era. The settlement is impressive with its architecture (two- and three-story houses were discovered), its urban planning, its sewage system, as well as its frescoes (the frescoes of the Fisherman, the ones with the antelopes, the monkeys, the spring and other great ones), which are considered to be the oldest samples of large paintings in the wider European land. Besides their artistic importance, the frescoes and the houses with their furnishings, the objects of daily use and the pottery provide very important information about the daily life of this developed civilization. Visiting hours: Daily 10:00 -17:00 except Monday.
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