Prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri

The Prehistoric Settlement of Akrotiri in accordance with the excavations until now lived first form during the Late Neolithic period (about 4500 BC) and became a town in the 18th century BC.

Destroyed by an earthquake in the early 17th century BC, rebuilt on ruins and flourished until the Minoan eruption.

The location was ideal for safe anchorage, due to the fact that it was protected from the northern winds, while the terrain favored the development of agricultural activities. It is speculated that it was the island's capital, but this has not yet been confirmed. The extent of the excavations is close to 14 acres, a small percentage of the prehistoric city, estimated to be approximately 200 acres and has around 30,000 inhabitants.

The building was thick and had high-rise buildings with rich frescoes, organized warehouses, industrial areas, excellent urban organization with streets, squares and had a fully developed drainage system, which went under the pavement and connected directly to the houses. The building materials were stone, clay, mud bricks reinforced with straw, wood, plaster inside and out. The large number of frescoes with which it was decorated many of the areas of buildings, normally the upper floors suggest a sophisticated and refined urban society, which is dressed with luxury, elegance, and striking colourfulness