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The four elements of Santorini’s architecture

ByThanos N. Stasinopoulos

Santorini or Thira is a striking natural example of the interaction between the four elements: it is a group of islands around the bay of Caldera, 90km north of Crete, remnants of a gigantic volcanic eruption (ca. 1500 BC) that obliterated the Minoan society of Crete with colossal tidal waves and a cataclysm of ash, perhaps also causing the natural phenomena described in Biblical Exodus (Figure 1.2).