Akrotiri – the place that inspired Atlantis.
Greece is jam-packed with archaeological sites – that’s no surprise for anyone. Tourists and Greeks themselves have gotten used to being surrounded by various reminders of the times of Classic Greece. But there are still true gems out there, ones like Akrotiri – the lost city.
It is said to have inspired Plato to write his famous story about Atlantis. The city was truly lost in minutes only it did not sing in the ocean. Remember how I told you that the islands of Santorini were essentially created by a volcanic eruption? Well, volcanoes have had a lot of say in the way people used to lead their lives on these islands even after they were created by one. Akrotiri was a functioning city until it was totally buried in volcanic ash around 1627 BCE after an eruption known as the Theran eruption. Everything froze in time and was buried – fine frescoes along with many other artworks, furniture and the buildings themselves were perfectly stored for centuries until they were discovered again in 1967. A lot of digging has been done since then but the archaeologists still keep finding miraculous things buried there!
I bet Plato would never have imagined that the lost city will be brought up again and will serve as a window in history.