ancient thera


Ancient Thera is an ancient city on a ridge of Messa Vouno, at an altitude of 396 m. Due to its naturally fortified spot, was an ideal place for the Lacedemonias to found their city. It was named after their leader, Theras and inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD. It met a particular construction development during the Hellenistic period when was conquered by the dynasty of Ptolemaios. Most of the buildings today date back to that era, but there are also Roman and Byzantine remains. Along the main street,ruins from different periods are mixed together.

The German archaeologist Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen was the first who systematically investigated the area from 1895 till 1904; he found the residential area and part of the cemeteries of the ancient city. While the rest cemeteries, on the hillsides of Sellada, were excavated by N. Zapheiropoulos, under the auspices of the Archaeological Society of Athens, in 1961-1982.

Nowadays Ancient Thera can be reached on a road that starts at Kamari.

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