|Santorini Culture & Tradition
Churches & Religion
|santorini churches, greek orthodox easter, religious
calendars and festivals, greek namedays, recipes ...
| Museums in
|archaeological museum, prehistoric museum, megaro
gyzi museum, naval museum, george emmanuel argyros mansion,
lignos folklore museum ...
|petros m. nomikos conference center, thera wall
paintings, art space argyros canava exhibition, 'vanishing santorini'
|akrotiri excavations, ancient thira ...
|Santorini Museums : Museum
of Prehistoric Thira
|The Museum of Prehistoric Thira houses finds from
the excavations at Akrotiri, conducted under the auspices of
the Archaeological Society at Athens, the earlier excavations
at Potamos made by members of the German Archaeological Institute
at Athens, and rescue excavations at various other sites on
the island, which were carried out by the 21st Ephorate of Antiquities
for the Cyclades and Samos. Also on display are other objects
discovered fortuitously or handed over ...
|Neolithic & Cycladic
|The exhibition is structured
in four units, referring to the history of research at
Thira, the geology of Thira, the island's history from
the Late Neolithic to the Late Cycladic I period (early
17th century BC) and the heyday of the city at Akrotiri
(mature Late Cycladic 1 period, 17th century BC).
In the last unit, various aspects are presented, such
as the plan and architecture of the city and its organization
as an urban centre, the emergent bureaucratic system,
the development of the monumental art of wall painting,
the rich and diverse pottery repertoire, the elegant
jewellery, the reciprocal influences between vase painting
and wall painting, and the city's and island's complex
network of contacts with the outside word.
The exhibits include fossils of plants that flourished
before the human habitation of Thira as well as archeological
|- Neolithic pottery, Early Cycladic
marble figurines, Early Cycladic pottery, including interesting
pieces of the transitional phase from Late Cycladic II
to Late Cycladic III period (Kastri group) from the Christiana
islands and Akrotiri (3300-2000 BC)
|- Middle Cycladic pottery with
a series of impressive bird jugs, many of them decorated
with swallows from Ftellos, Megalochori and Akrotiri (18th-20th
|- Early Cycladic metal artefacts
from the last two sites.
|The Exhibition Endeavours
|Noteworthy among the numerous
exhibits from the period when the city at Akrotiri was
at its zenith (17th century BC) are the plaster casts
of furniture, the household equipment, the bronze vessels,
tools and weapons, the objects that bear witness to the
practice of metalworking, the sealings, seals and Linear
Impressive too are the magnificent wall painting ensembles
(wall painting of Ladies and Papyri, wall painting of
the Blue Monkeys) and fragments of others (the African,
Adorant Monkeys, Bird, floral motifs).
Last, there are numerous and luxurious clay vases including
the remarkable pithos with the bull, vases of stone
and of clay imported from different parts of the Aegean
and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the gold ibex figurine,
a remarkable recent find.
The exhibition endeavours to sketch the course of Thira
in prehistoric times, through selected finds from the
thousands in the storerooms. This was a dynamic and
creative course which established the city at Akrotiri
as one of the most important Aegean centers during the
18th & 17th centuries BC
|Fira Santorini 847 00 Greece
| 8.30 - 15.00 (Mon closed)