Santorini was once home to the Minoan civilization, famous for the minotaur in the labyrinth legend. When the volcano at the center of thir island exploded 3,600 years ago most of the island was destroyed leaving the shape of modern Santorini. There are a few ruins on parts of the island that escaped destruction, and the Akrotiri site has a fascinating collection of ruins and artifacts to see. One thing you won't see much of, however, are skeletons of the ancient Minoans. It seems from archaeological evidence that the inhabitants knew the volcano was ready to blow and they evacuated. How they guessed the impending doom isn't known, but likely there were violent earthquakes before the eruption that frightened people away.
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