At a Glance:
Ancient Thira, Aktorini, Oia
||Archaeological Museum (Aktorini),
Agiou Mina, Megaro Ghisi Museum, Agios Stylianos
Santorini is a well-known island with whitewashed villages
clinging to volcanic cliffs above black sand beaches.
First inhabitants are the Minoans, settled here in 3000
BC. A colossal volcanic eruption formed Santorini's
crescent shape in 1450 BC. It is belied that the Minoan
civilization was destroyed because of this eruption.
When Dorians came here to settle in 8th century, the
island was named Thira. It was renamed Santorini when
Venetians conquered the island in 13th century.
The Sightseeing places in Santorini are the Archaeological
Museum, Folk Museum, Ancient Thera and Ancient Akrotiri.
The Archaeological Museum: The
Archaeological Museum represents island's long history. The
Museum contains collections of sculpture (ranging from the
Archaic to the Roman period), inscriptions (ranging from the
Archaic to the Roman period) and vases and clay figurines
(dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods).
Folk Museum: Folk Museum is located
in Fira. It is a cave house built in 1861, housing workshops
of carpenters, barrel makers, shoe makers and tinsmiths as
well as an original old winery, a gallery with works of local
current artists and document archives.
Ancient Thera: The strategic qualifications
of the site attracted the attention of the Lacedaemonian coloniers
of the island who founded their city upon the limestone rock
of Mesa Vouno. From the 9th century B.C. until the spread
of Christianity, the city of Mesa Vouno was the only urban
center of the island.
Ancient Aktorini: The ancient
city at Akrotiri the most important archaeological site on
the island. And it has an excellent state of preservation
and the wealth of finds it has yielded.