Santorini, or Thira, is a small island in the Greek Island archipelago. Its large and expansive harbour is surrounded by high cliffs and low lying hills. It is quite dramatic and is famous for its blindingly white washed houses that are covered by sea blue tiled roofs. What is not evident to the untrained eye or those not in the know is that its harbour is a cauldera for in about 1600 or 1500 BCE the island blue up with one of history’s most dramatic,explosive and dangerous volcanic eruptions. The magnitude of the blast was felt all over the known world at that time and is thought to have been responsible for the decline and ultimate end of the Minoan civilization on Crete.
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