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~ Santorini ancient Thira ~

~ by katherine & anastasios ~

Thira ( also spelled Thera ) is the main island of Santorini . The fascinating ruins of Ancient Thira are located on a high rocky headland called Mesa Vouna , from which there are spectacular views down to the sea .

This hilltop on Thira was first inhabited by the Dorians , whose leader was Theras , in the 9th century B.C. , Thira was later occupied in the Hellenistic , Roman and Byzantine eras . Most of the buildings that survive today date from the Hellenistic era ( around the 4th century B.C. ) .
The ancient houses and larger part of the cemeteries of Ancient Thira were excavated by German archaeologists between 1895 and 1902 , while the cemeteries on the northeast and northwest slopes of Sellada were excavated by N. Zapheiropoulos in 1961-1982 .

The ruins of Ancient Thira are located on a headland called Mesa Vouna between the 2 popular beaches of Kamari and Perissa . In addition to its ancient ruins , the site offers spectacular views over cliffs that drop into the sea on 3 sides .
Most of use ruins of Ancient Thira date from the Hellenistic era , but there are also extensive Roman and Byzantine remains . Buildings from different periods are mixed together throughout the site along one main street , which is intersected by smaller streets .
The main street passes through 2 agoras , which include ruins of several Greek temples . The arc of the theater embraces the town of Kamari , Fira beyond , and the open Aegean . The extensive ruins also include Hellenistic shops , Roman baths , Byzantine walls , and the stone church of Agios Stefanos .
The Hellenistic Temple of Dionysos ( 3rd century B.C. ) is a small Doric temple built on a man-made platform north of the Agora . The facade and roof were made of marble while the rest of the building was of local stone .
Founded by Artemidoros of Perge in the late 4th or early 3rd century B.C. , the Sanctuary of Artemidoros was entirely hewn from living rock . It includes various inscriptions and...

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