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01.2014

Learning More on the Volcano of Santorini

The volcano of Santorini dates back two million years ago and there have been numerous eruptions ever since, which have helped shape the island as we know it. Fortunately enough, ever since the minor eruption of 1950 there have not been any other signs of unrest and it remains quiescent. Of course, everywhere we look in Santorini, the volcano is prominent and the unique landscaping is the most eloquent proof of that. Just gaze through the deepest caldera of the world or identify the pumice, on which the whole island has been structured and you will be stunned. 

The best known eruption of the volcano was the Minoan eruption that took place in the Bronze Age (circa 1600 BCE). This is when the formerly round island of Santorini collapsed and the new form of the island was brought to light. The eruption created a gigantic tsunami that devastated the glorious Minoan culture of Crete and spread all around the Aegean. This extremely intense eruption was the spark of fire that triggered the legend about the Lost Atlantis. As the myth suggests, Atlantis had been a greatly advanced and intoxicatingly beautiful island that was round-shaped and that submerged underwater after a catastrophe of biblical extent. Hidden treasures beyond imagination lie there in the sea, but are yet to be found.  

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Nowadays, Santorini has the shape of crescent. Therasia and uninhabited islands made of volcanic ash and lava complete the fascinating caldera. Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni, Aspronisi and Christiana are the names of these islands created by volcanic rocks. There are boats on an everyday basis offering unique excursions to these exceptional forms of landscaping. Tourists can see the crater of the volcano and walk on the pumice and the ash, overwhelmed by the scenery. Hot springs with therapeutic qualities have also been formed due to the volcanic activity and can be reached by the very same boats, which include glass bottom for a panoramic view of the bed of Santorini.

The volcano in Santorini has affected the climate and the ground, as well as life in general. People have been called to survive despite the continuous interaction with such an imposing element and they have done so in the best manner possible. Regardless of their awe, they have managed to tame their fear and learn how to live together in peace. Your visit to the island will offer you the opportunity to experience the unknown and see the remains of what has been shaping History over the centuries!

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