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At the southern end of Santorini is the ancient excavation site of Akrotiri. This site is a must to visit during your stay on the island and one, which will impress you. This is one of the archaeological sites in Greece where a good guide, or at least a good guidebook, will come in handy as explanations are needed for one to really appreciate what unfolds before you.

Much of the credit for the finds at Akrotiri, which date back as early as 3000 BC, went to the late Dr. Spyridon Marinatos, a well-known Greek archaeologist. His work began in the early 1930s and lasted until the day he was killed during an accident at the site in 1974. However work did not stop there and continues even today, so don't be surprised to see archaeologists busy at work on the site. Professor Marinatos found the paved streets of Akrotiri lined with multi-story houses all connected by a sophisticated central drainage system.

Most of the ground-floor apartments were used for storerooms, and hundreds of pithi jars and other utensils have been found within them. The upper floors were the living quarters for what appear to have been wealthy families; each house had at least one room lined with frescoes, some among the most magnificent yet found in Greece. These, along with the best of the pottery and stone vases unearthed at Akrotiri, are on exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

The archaeological site of Akrotiri has reopened for the visitors on April 11th, 2012.

Visiting hours: 08.00 - 20.00  Tuesday - Sunday  
Telephone: +30 22860 81939


The European Festivals Association (EFA) has been uniting distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond for more than 60 years.Thanks to EFA’s history and the continuous support of its members, EFA was chosen to implement the pilot project EFFE by the European Commission.

                The first of EFFE’s initiatives is a quality label. This label is given to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook.

                Gyzi Megaron Festival has been selected to receive the EFFE Label 2015-2016. It is now part of the EFFE Platform, initiated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level. The Label recipients represent 31 European countries and offer a wide range of genres and activities to their audiences.

2016 has been defined as Greece’s Year in Russia and Russia’s Year in Greece, by an agreement formed as a joint statement, signed by the two countries in October 2013.

                This year aims to build useful partnerships of mutual benefit with substantial development in both countries’ cultural, scientific, business and social relations, expanding Greek accessibility in Russian society, especially the province, opening up new areas of cultural, scientific, academic and business cooperation, and seeking new markets for tourism, Greek products and Greek innovative productivity.




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