Travel in the past
Explore the unique history of Santorini an island inhabited from as early as 4000 BC during the Neolithic period. Bronze age civilization thrived between 3000 to 2000 BC, a period during which Santorini became one of the most important ports in the Mediterrannean Sea, with sophisticated and rich inhabitants. The eruption of the Santorini volcano completely destroyed the island. Over the centuries after the catastrophe, Santorini changed hands between Phoenicians, Dorians, the Ptolemies, the Romans and the Byzantines, Crusaders and pirates, the Franks, the Venetians, the Ottomans until the island became part of the Greek State in 1830.
The name Santorini was given in the 13th century, as a reference to Saint Irene, the old cathedral in Perissa. Older names of the island were Kalliste (the most beautiful one in ancient Greek), Strogyle (the circular one) or Thera (name given by the ancient Spartans). The name Thera was revived in the nineteenth century as the official name of the island and its main city, but the colloquial name Santorini is still in popular use.
Santorini was "discovered" again, by tourists, in the first two decades that followed World War II and ever since the island has evolved into one of the top worldwide attractions for the majority of the visitors that come to Greece every year.
There are various archaeological sites on the island, which vary from the prehistoric times to the medieval times. These are the sites of Akrotiri - for years thought to be the lost Atlantis- Ancient Thera. The well-preserved ruins of the ancient town often are compared to the spectacular ruins of Pompeii in Italy.
The prehistoric site of Akrotiri is only 3km distance from Kalestesia Suites.