Known as the antique city of Santorini, the area is located at the steep ridge of the Messavouno Mountain at a height of 360 metres on the Greek Island of the city. The city has given birth to a number of archaeological excavations which have been housed at the Fira's archaeological museum. The steep provides a great view from the top. A white chapel can also be spotted on your way up. It is really amazing to explore the ruins of the main city and create a great day out. The top of the city provides a great view of most of the part of the island. The remains of the city have been maintained really well including a forum, temples, amphitheatre, barracks, volcanic eruptions preserves and much more.
Exploring the Antique City: Ancient Thera
1. The Agora
Agora is considered to be the main square of Ancient Thera. It leads to the ridge of the mountain and has the dimensions of about the length of 110 metres and the width ranging from 17 metres to 30 metres as the path continues. There are public buildings at the side towards the west of the slope. The side towards the east of the slope is free and is towards the ocean as well. The rest of the private dwellings and buildings were built beneath the level of the Agora.
2. The Basilike Stoa
The Basilike Stoa at the Ancient Thera was a mark of the life of the public at the city. A huge portico arched the centre of the city which has a length of 46 metres and 10 metres and the entire portico is extended along the Agora. There are almost 10 pillars to support the roof from the base and the pillars are called the Doric pillars. The site was completely built again in the first century and a number of statues of the Imperial family memebers were constructed and kept seperately in different rooms.
3. The theatre
The theatres at the Ancient Thera was constructed in the second century and was located in the main street near the slope of the ridge. The theatre could house almost 1,500 people which was more than the requirement of the city itself. Regularly, a number of performances were held here which attracted a lot of visitors from all the regions of the islands and sometimes, from the neighbouring islands also.
4. The sacred area
The sacred area at the Ancient Thera was located at the ridge of the mountain and has been closed in a grotto which was focussed on Heracles and Hermes. A rock sanctuary, jointly, was also erected for the gods of Egypt and was started in the third century. An important temple named as the Temple of Apollo Karneios is also present in the premises. A gymnasium was also present along which a number of baths were also added which were attached to it.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets to the city can be booked online from this website and you can also pay for the same through this website only. The transaction is fast, safe and secure.
How To Get Around?
You can rent a car if you want to have the trip scheduled according to you. You can also take a tour bus as well. You can also hail a taxi.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code for the palace, casual and comfortable wear are recommended. Leave your high heels at home as sneakers are the best here. Bring your hand towel or tissue as kids might be sweating a lot. You can wear a comfortable pair of trousers and t-shirt as this place will want you to climb up the mountains. Boys can go for the same as well.
Best Time to Visit
Months starting from April and lasting till November are the best time to visit the city as the weather is pleasant and air is breezy. Also, sigh seeing becomes enjoyable and easier.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything on this site. Thus, a guide will not be needed.
How To Get There?
You can take a rented car to help you reach the site. A tour bus or a shuttle bus will also have their way up. You can also hail a taxi.
The way to ruins can be steep, always carry a water bottle with you as you might get thirsty.