Santorini or Thira is the island located in the southern Aegean Sea, in the Cycladic islands. The history of Santorini is one of the most beautiful stories of the eternal struggle of man and nature. From volcanic eruptions of ancient times that connected Santorini with the myth of the lost Atlantis until the recent earthquakes. Each corner of the island also testifies a different aspect of its history. From the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, at the top of Mesa Vouno and the ruins of Ancient Thira, in the mansions of Messaria of the 18th century and the factories processing the most famous product of Santorini, small tomato.
The fact that changed this history was the Late Bronze Age eruption. It was a major catastrophic eruption. Dates in the mid-second millennium between 1642–1540 BCE, this eruption was one of the largest volcanic events on Earth recorded by history. It devastated the island of Thira, including the Minoan settlement at Akrotiri, as well as communities and agricultural areas on nearby islands and the coast of Crete with related earthquakes and tsunamis. Three strands of land remained in Nea Kameni (1707-1711 AD), the Old Kameni (46-47 AD), and Thirasia, creating a unique caldera that is famous around the world.
Santorini begins to rewrite its history from scratch. Μany conquerors found on the island, Phoenicians were fascinated by the beauty of the place, as did the Dorians, while the Spartans were the first to name this island Thira in the 8th century BC. This name was from their captain.
In the 18th century, Santorini experienced growth mainly due to wine exports. Vinsanto reached Russia the residents became a great naval force. The glory of the time testified by the magnificent mansions scattered all over the island. The earthquake of 1956 caused significant damages to the infrastructure island was once more disturbing the course of Santorini and its inhabitants, as many forces to abandon it. After the 1970s, Santorini became a famous island. The unique landscape is grown rapidly to be one of the top destinations in the world.
In conclusion, we said many details about this idyllic island. Let’s get to know one of the traditional settlements of the island Megalochori village. Megalochori is full of life village with friendly, lively residents. The main square is the heart village that locals gathered in traditional cafes by creating a warm atmosphere. It is worth to waste an evening to be part of this sentiment and taste local dishes under the natural shade the trees provide. You can find traditional taverns, cafes, and shops in other corners of the village as well.
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