Posts tagged ‘Akrotiri’

Akrotiri Archaeology

Although not the most photogenic place in Santorini, I’ve had to include some images of our visit to the excavation site and museum of Akrotiri because it is without question one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

First discovered in 1967, the site is to Greece what Pompeii and Herculaeum are to Italy (buried and preserved by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption that collapsed the middle of the island and caused the Caldera that Santorin is famous for today). Akrotiri may not be as spectacular as the ruins at Pompeii, and it’s certainly not as well known, but it’s much older… fact it’s reputed to be the oldest urban settlement in Europe dating back approximately 3600 years.

What’s even more amazing is that the ruins uncovered so far are only a fraction of the whole site. The problem of course is that archaeological excavation on this scale and of this importance takes decades of painstaking work and huge amounts of money……..something at the moment the Greek governemnet is sadly short of.

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

The Red Beach

I’ve decided to share only one image of the Red Beach, because although it is one of the more famous natural landmarks on Santorini, it is also very dangerous…….and so we only viewed it briefly from the cliffs to the side of the beach from a relatively safe distance.

We were told by a couple of locals that the beach itself used to be much bigger, but over the last few years a series of landslides have eroded the cliff face and reduced the size considerably. It is for this reason that we were advised not to go down on to the beach itself, a warning that we were only too willing to accept……..unlike some other idiots that you can just about make out in the picture below.

Red Beach, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece, Europe

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

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