Caldera

of Thera

wiki: Santorini (Greek: Σαντορίνη, pronounced “sandoˈrini”), classically Thera (English pronunciation /ˈθɪərə/), and officially Thira (Greek: Θήρα [ˈθira]), is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of 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. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands

 

 

The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis

 

 

 

 

4 comments on “Caldera”

  1. Incredible! What a place to build dwellings.Very interesting post.

    • Thank you. It sure is spectacular. Santorini is just voted #1 island destination for Europe. It’s caved houses are carved inside the volcanic earth and the view is out of this world :)

  2. What a stunning photo! so great. That is Oia, or? We’ve been there ten y/a… …an wonderful island… …but all this million steps over there… …great to capture but not to walk. :D


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