Apr 18, 2014

International Day of Monuments

Today is the International Day of Monuments and it is celebrated around the world with free admission to the archaeological sites, museums and monuments.
So, what an excellent opportunity to visit the world-famous site of Akrotiri, the buried city? A sophisticated city which flourished more than 3,500 years ago but was abandonned due to the foreshocks and eventual volcanic eruption in 1613 BC.
The ash from the eruption however buried and preserved the prehistoric city exactly as it was, so the excavations in the 20th century brought to light brilliant treasures and, most importantly, a lot of inside information on the residents' life. Most of the artifacts and frescoes are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, in Fira (aloa with free admission today)