Ruins of Akrotiri
Discover what may be the Lost City of Atlantis among the ruins of this highly cultured Bronze Age settlement. Nearly 3,000 years ago, a violent volcano erupted on the island of Thera causing most of the island to sink into the ocean. This became the most destructive natural event ever recorded in history. Early excavations began in 1869 and are still continuing as archeologists continue to discover more about this lost city. The ancient inhabitants were able to escape the destruction with many of their possessions before the city sank into the sea. Under the crystal blue mediteranean waters, explorers have found well-preserved frescoes and sophisticated architecture forgotten in its watery tomb. Many believe this might be the real-life catastrophe that inspired Plato to create the legendary city of Atlantis in his fictional writings.