Τρίτη, 25 Νοεμβρίου 2008

Disappointing...




Lonely Planet review
Akrotiri was a Minoan outpost; excavations begun in 1967 have uncovered an ancient city beneath the volcanic ash. Buildings, some three storeys high, date to the late 16th century BC. The absence of skeletons and treasures indicates that inhabitants were forewarned of the eruption and escaped.
For some time the site has been visually disappointing, its overall context blurred by the construction of a 'bio-climatic' roof aimed at protecting the ruins from damaging climatic effects. Masses of scaffolding and concrete supports create the impression of a construction zone or, indeed, an earthquake site. The historical drama of Akrotiri is still potent, though. It's best to go with a guide to get the most from the site.
Outstanding finds are the stunning frescoes and ceramics, many of which are now on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira (there are none on display at the excavation site). Accurate fresco replicas are on display at the Nomikos Convention Centre also.




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