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Akrotiri Village Santorini...

 Santorini Akrotiri village, Akrotiri excavations and the steps for Lost Atlantis

Santorini Pictures of Akrotiri excavations

The Archeological Site of Akrotiri opened to the public on Wednesday 11 April 2012 and will be open to visitors from 10:00 to 17:00.    

Akrotiri Excavations Tel : +30 22860 81366


The most important to see:
  • A magnificent three-storeyed building, the largest has been excavated up to now. All its facades are reverted with rectangular ashlar blocks of tuff. The fragments of frescoes that have so far come to light belong to a composition which adorned the walls on either side of the staircase at the entrance of the building, depicting life size male figures ascending the steps in procession. It was in all probability a public building, judging from its unusually large dimensions, the impressive exterior and the decoration of the walls.

  • COMPLEX DELTA : SWALLOWS & LILIES Complex Delta includes four houses: A room of the eastern building is decorated with the Spring fresco: the artist represented with special sensitivity a rocky landscape, planted with blossoming lilies, between which swallows fly in a variety of positions. Tablets of the Linear A script have recently been found in the same building. All four buildings yielded interesting finds such as abundant imported pottery and precious stone and bronze objects.
  • The West House: A relatively small, but well-organized building. On the ground floor there are storerooms, workshops, a kitchen and a mill-installation. The first floor is occupied by a spacious chamber used for weaving activities, a room for the storage mainly of clay vessels, a lavatory and two rooms, the one next to the other, embellished with magnificent murals. The first was decorated with the two frescoes of the Fishermen, the fresco of the Young Priestess and the famous Flotilla miniature frieze. The latter ran around all the four walls and depicted a major overseas voyage, in the course of which, the fleet visited several harbors and towns.
  • Xeste 3: A Seated Goddess: Large edifice, at least two-storey high, with fourteen rooms on each floor. Some of rooms were connected by multiple doors and decorated with magnificent wall-paintings. In one of them there was a "Lustral basin", which is considered a sacred area. One may conclude that Xeste 3 was used for the performance of some kind of ritual.
  • Sector B: Antelope Wall Fresco:Possibly comprises two separate buildings, the one attached to the other. From the first floor of the western building, came the famous wall paintings of the Antelopes and the Boxing Boys. The eastern building yielded the “Fresco of the Monkeys”, a composition of monkeys climbing on rocks at the side of a river.
  • The House of Ladies, Papyrus Fresco: The large two-storey building was named after the fresco with the Ladies and the Papyrus (Cyperus Papyrus), which decorated the interior. The most interesting architectural feature of the building is a light-well constructed at its center.

 
 

Santorini Greece Akrotiri pictures

Akrotiri village covered by volcanic pumice, began the discovery in 1967 by Professor Spiros Marinatos of an entire seaside city with roads, squares, multi-storey buildings, workshops, etc. Wall paintings of significant art value decorated the rooms, hundreds of utensils and stone tools, clay and metal which show the peak and wealth of the city have been discovered.

Santorini - AkrotiriAkrotiri was the center of a major Aegean civilization of the mid 16 th century B.C. This center, although influenced significantly by Crete, the dominant power in the region at the time, nevertheless managed to retain its own characteristic features. The wealth and quality of the houses which have been discovered to date demonstrate that Akrotiri was a flourishing city. The inhabitants led a comfortable and refined life, reminiscent of Minoan Crete, while the architecture of the city contains strong Cycladic elements. The buildings were two – or three- storey's high with many rooms. The most luxurious were constructed of fitted stone (which is why the archaeologists call them “xestes” (scraped); the others were made of mud mixed with straw. The ground floor communicated with the upper floors by a wooden or stone interior staircase. To reinforce the buildings against earthquake tremors, wooden frames were used, as they were in Crete. The floors of the houses were usually of tamped earth, often paved with uncut slabs of slate. In other floors, the earth was inlaid with pieces of seashell, or covered with a kind of pebble mosaic.

The roofs must have been flat and strewn with earth for insulation, a technique prevalent in the Cyclades until a few years ago. The storerooms, workshops and grain mills were always located on the ground floor. The spaces on the upper floors were the residential rooms. Many of the walls were embellished with exquisite frescoes.
The roads of the town were narrow and paved with flagstones. The drainage network consisted of built-in channels laid under the surface of the pavement. The sewage was led to the channels by clay pipes, which were incorporated in the walls of the houses.

Akrotiri was one of the fortified castles of the island during the medieval years. After Santorini was occupied by the Turks, the strong Venetian castle was torn down. The remains of its towers are easily discernible. The old churches of Aghia Triada and Ypapanti tou Soteros are found in the area.

From here road leads to the southern part of island, where Faros is. The sunset viewed from stone wall around its courtyard is one of the most beautiful on the Santorini.
You will find here picturesque atmosphere by the view towards Fira and Oia and numerous beautiful beaches nearby.

The small harbour at Akrotiri is not suitable for swimming. We suggest you to visit famous Red Beach (10 min. from Akrotiri), the boat to Aspri beach or one of the dirt tracks leading to the deserted beaches Messa Pigadia, Almyra, Kambia, Gialos.

Akrotiri - Archaeological Site

Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean .Evidence of habitation at Akrotiri first came to light in the second half of the 19th century. However, systematic excavations were begun much later, in 1967, by Professor Spyridon Marinatos under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens.

He decided to excavate at Akrotiri in the hope of verifying an old theory of his, published in the 1930's, that the eruption of the volcano was responsible for the collapse of the Minoan civilization.
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