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The prehistoric city of Akrotiri was the center of a brilliant civilization that reached its heyday between 1550-1500 BC. It was inhabited from the Neolithic Age to 1500 BC, when a devastating eruption destroyed everything. The wealth and the quality of houses bear testament to the city’s prosperity and a flourishing way of life. The sophisticated houses were spacious, multistoried, made of stones and mud and they were accordant to the Cycladic architecture. The upper stories had large windows and imposing murals, whereas the basements were used as storerooms and workshops. Along the city, there were narrow, stone-paved streets, squares and an elaborate drainage system.
Lost Atlantis Experience Museum is a private initiative that promotes Greek heritage, culture and mythology. It is the first museum in the world that gives you the chance to learn everything about the myth of the Lost Atlantis. It is found close to Megalochori village in Santorini, in a fully renovated building that spans 700 sqm (7,500 sq ft).
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira in Fira is a new museum which hosts findings from excavations conducted mainly in Akrotiri and other sites on Santorini like Potamos. The exhibition is structured in four thematic sections containing findings dating from the 5th millennium B.C. (late neolithic era) to the 17th century B.C. The four sections present the history of research at Santorini and the excavations conducted in 1967 in Akrotiri, the geology of the island and the volcanic activity over the years, the island’s history from the late neolithic to early 17th century B.C. and the flourishing period of Akrotiri in the beginning of the 17th century B.C.
The Archaeological Museum of Thera is located in the island's capital city, Fira, and it is the place where visitors can discover more about the rich history of the island. The building in which the museum is housed today was built in 1960 in order to replace the previous one that collapsed in an earthquake in 1956. In the museum, you can find collections of sculptures from the Archaic up to the Roman period, as well as ceramics from the Geometric up to the Hellenistic period.