Thira (Santorini)

 Santorini

 photo by kds1505

Santorini or Thira, as the Greeks say, is a Greek island situated in the archipelago of The Cyclades in Aegean Sea. It is totally different from any other island of the Aegean.The most amazing thing is her geology, when you first see the island from the boat you feel so small!In the west side ,where the harbour is, the island is very elevated from the level of the sea, the 300 m cliffs convert Santorini into a kind of gorgeous fortress. The southern part goes down slowly until the sea forming a big fertile plain and beautiful beaches.Its unusual geological configuration is because Santorini is a volcanic island. The eruption of Santorini in 1650 b.c., was one of the largest in the last 10.000 years. The island took its actual shape when the big volcanic caldera subsided, it is crescent-shaped with a rocky island in the centre, where the ancient crater was.

This volcanic rocky island, called Nea Kameni, emerged from the sea in 1573 bc. It is formed by red, black, purple and yellow rocks and you can make trips by a boat to see the deep blue sea in the surroundings.

According to some theories the volcano of Santorini could have caused indirectly the end of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, which is located 110 km to the south, due to the tremendous eruption which may have originated a huge tsunami. It is said that during the eruption tephra fell from the sky from the Nile delta to the Black Sea. There is also a legend which says that the lost Atlantis could have been located in the placed where Santorini is now.

The wild landscape and the traditional villages, with white houses and white and blue small chapels, lifted over the cliffs, make Santorini the most beautiful island I have ever seen.

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