A visit to Ancient Thera will take you on a very interesting journey to the past and the history of the island.
Ancient Thira, which was built on top of the Mesa Vouno hill by Dorian colonists in the 8th century BC, served from its foundation up to the end of ancient times as the civil, administrative and religious center of the Thera city-state.
The island has been inhabited since the Neolithic era (mid-5th millennium BC). Historic sources confirm the existence of settlements until about the middle of the 17th century BC, when a devastating volcanic eruption tore the island apart and buried it beneath thick volcanic ash. Since then it was left deserted for centuries.
Today, a visit here is a must. Most of the monuments are preserved from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The most significant of them are the Sanctuary of Artemis, the Agora, the Gymnasium, the temple of Artemidorus, the Royal Arcade, the city theater and the Temple of Dionysos.
Apart from the monuments, here you will enjoy the wonderful view from the archaeological site.