“It is as well that Atlantis should remain a mystery.”

By on May 1, 2015
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“It is right that man, looking at the ocean, should worry thinking of a distant and inscrutable realm swallowed up in one day and one night by the sea and fire. The proud dream of an eternity shattered by nature’s reawakening.”

 

The Secret of Santorini

 

It emerged from the fires of a volcano to become a picture postcard delight in a land of sea and wind. The Phoenicians called this crescent shaped island ‘kalliste’ or ‘the beautiful’, where square shaped white-washed houses sit lovingly alongside blue domed roofs and enchanting windmills. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean Sea, rich in history and steeped in myth, is situated on the south eastern tip of the Cyclades Cluster.

 

The glory of Santorini has also given rise to one of the world’s greatest mysteries – is this where the legendary land of Atlantis once stood? One of the largest volcanic eruptions in the past 10,000 years occurred in approximately 1620 BC on the island. Following the 1620 BC eruption, much of the previous island of Santorini was destroyed or submerged; this event may have been the inspiration for the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. However far-fetched the ancient accounts, the evidence is clear around 1500 BC Santorini was indeed half sunk into the sea and the present day morphology of the cluster of islands was the result.

 

According to Plato’s Timaeus, Critias, a distant ancestor of Plato, was told priests during a visit to Saïs, Egypt, in about 590 B.C., claimed to have access to records about Atlantis written on pillars within the temple. The Minoan civilization was an Aegean Bronze Age race resident on the island of Crete from approximately 2700 to 1450 BC. The now famous ‘Minoan Hypothesis’ places Atlantis within the Mediterranean Sea near Greece, among the islands of Crete and modern Thera (Santorini). According to archaeologists the destruction of the Minoan people began with the tsunami generated by the volcanic eruption. This has associated Minoan Crete with the lost Atlantis. Many believe information incorporated within the ‘Minoan Hypothesis’ fulfils all the requirements for the acceptance of Santorini as Plato’s Atlantis.

 

But looking at this land today it’s every inch as stunning as Atlantis was said to be. Oia is one of the most picturesque villages in the Mediterranean, well known for its fabulous sunsets. This is where celebrities like Hugh Jackman spend their time when visiting Santorini. There’s the tiny medieval village of Pyrgos and the hidden fishermen’s taverns of the little port of Armeni to enjoy. You’ll also discover the pretty red beach near the archaeological site at Akrotiri where the remains of a Minoan settlement destroyed by the volcano were discovered buried by lava. Imerovigli, offers breath-taking views over the volcanic Caldera. Wherever you wander, this captivating island presents the perfect ostensory for a dream home, hotel or holiday apartment.

 

€5,500,000 will secure the keys to a nine-bedroomed luxurious hotel, situated in one of the most visited locations in Greece and offering the breathtaking view of the Caldera and the Aegean to its guests. This constitutes a great real-estate and investment opportunity, with an established clientèle and income production. (www.rightmove.co.uk)

 

A unique three-bedroomed villa located in magical Santorini offering 360 degree views of the island, unobstructed views of the sea, neighbouring islands and the Caldera mountain will take your breath away. The initial asking price is €1,800,000 and for two months it’s actually offered for €1,000,000. The property is surrounded by 5000 square metres of landscaped gardens with 200 trees and an olive grove with approximately 80 trees, marbled driveway, parking and large forecourt. The ground floor alone consists of a grand columned front veranda, spacious entrance hall, arched doorway, two spacious living areas and marble surround fireplace.

 

But for a real bargain you can own a stunning property for use as a summer house or as a permanent residence. Due to the high demand for quality dwellings for the booming Santorini tourism industry, it can also generate a considerable income if rented. The house is a turnkey property at Oia, Caldera, complete with mind blowing views. It has one bedroom and one bathroom, but can sleep up to four people for a price tag of just €235,000. (www.santoriniproperty.com)

 

If this magical place was Plato’s Metropolis then the Atlantean empire was surely in one of the most glorious places on earth – one of Santorini’s great secrets.

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