Santorini Aegean Sea
Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.
Excavations starting in 1967 at the sites named Akrotiri under the late Professor Spyridon Marinatos have made Thera the best-known Minoan site outside of Crete, the homeland of the culture. The island was not known as Thera at this time.
The island is the result of repeat sequences of shield volcano constructions followed by caldera collapse.The inner coasts around the caldera is a sheer precipice of more than 300 m drop at its highest, and exhibits the various layers of solidified lava on top of each other and the main towns perched on the crest.
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