The Lost City of Akrotiri

Norbert Nagel

Norbert Nagel

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What do Pompei, Ceren, Pancasila, Herculaneum, and a few other ancient cities all have in common? They were all buried in ash, thus preserving their buildings and people as if time had simply stopped while the world moved on. But there is another city that was destroyed in the same way: a mysterious place that remains mostly unknown to the world. The city is called Akrotiri, and it’s existence may be the linked to the famous lost city of Atlantis.

Akrotiri can be found on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. The ruins are on display for the public and tourists. Although no one has been allowed to
enter the ancient buildings since the 1980s, you can still walk through the town and see what life was like for the people who once lived there. It is thought to have been abandoned back in 1627 BC after the eruption of the volcano Thera, which now lies underwater in the center of the island. The reasoning for this belief is that, unlike most other civilizations buried in volcanic ash, very little to no human remains were ever excavated. Perhaps the people knew that something was going to happen, and they escaped by sailing out to see.

Many historians are convinced that Akrotiri is the city that Plato wrote about in 359 BC, but there is no true way to know. Not enough evidence can be found within the city or in written documents to prove that the two places are one in the same. So the mystery remains: will we ever find the lost city of Atlantis? What happened to the people of Akrotiri? For more information, you can simply look up the lost city of Akrotiri. National geographic has filmed documentaries about volcanos featuring the lost civilization, as have other organizations. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to finally solve the mystery!

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