The group of islands that make up Santorini , belongs to a wider group of islands , that of the Cyclades. The geographical structure, consists of the islands of Thira, Thirasia Aspronisi , Palea and Nea Kameni , occupying an area of 79194 sq. km and a length of 67 km. Thera crescent-shaped with a length of 15 km and a maximum width of about 6 km to the center. The island population of about 14218 inhabitants ( 2011) and distributed in fifteen villages : Fira, Firostefani , Imerovigli, Oia , Emporio, Megaloxorio,Pyrgos , Mesa Gonia - Kamari , Exo Gonia, Vourvoulos , Firostefani , Kontoxori, Bothwnas, Karterados, , Mesaria . Akrotiri . The highest formation of the island is the rocky mass of the Prophet Elias - there the namesake monastery.
West of Thera and towards the northern end lies the second largest island of Thirasia . Its length is 6 square kilometers and a width of 2 km.
The most famous volcanic eruption of Santorini was in the 17th century BC. Named as " Minoan ", from the leader of the excavations of Akrotiri, Spyros Marinatos since initially associated with the destruction of the Minoan civilization . This theory was reversed in recent years due to modern findings.
After the terrible eruption of 17th century BC , the island of Santorini inhabited in the late 13 century BC - early 12th . In the course of time , the culture of the island, as will appear in the SYMPOSIUM "KALDERA 2014", formed and interacts because of many particularities .
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