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Museums in Santorini

Museums in Santorini – Virtual Tour

Santorini, which during classical times was known as Thera, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago, the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was before a more massive single island.

The resulting volcanic caldera is a giant central crater filled with water surrounded by high cliffs on three sides. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, so largest ships can anchor in the protected bay.

The island is the site of one of the most massive volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

The Minoan eruption occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization.

This enormous eruption may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami.

Another theory proposes that this eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.

Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene, from the name of the old cathedral on the island.

The name Thera was revived in the nineteenth century as the official name of the island and its central city, but the colloquial name Santorini is still in widespread use.

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“But afterward there occurred violent earthquakes and floods, and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. ”
– Plato


Photo Credit: JOM

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