Why I Love Santorini

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Santorini is one among the most beautiful islands in the world. It has another name called Thira. The island has a shape of a huge pair of jaws which is encircling a lake occupied with clear blue water. According to legend, Santorini is situated on the core of an ancient volcano which ruined the lost continent of Atlantis about 3,600 years ago. Fira and Oia are two most attractive villages lying on the highest part of the island. There are a lot of hotels, good restaurant and bars in these two towns. Santorini has many interesting attractions, including the excavations at Akrotiri, an archaeological museum and a monastery built in the 18th century.
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 760;km (5 by 360;mi), is surrounded by 30060;m (98060;ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon is connected to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, makes it impossible for any but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; there is also a fisherman’s harbour at Vlychada, on the southwestern coast. The island’s principal port is Athinios. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine, and have a small presence of hornblende.
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