Before the 1600BC eruption, Santorini was home to the thriving Bronze Age city of Akrotiri. The eruption, however, spewed out a 30km-high column of ash and rock, entombing the city some 1,700 years before a similar disaster encased Pompeii - and preserving a rare glimpse into the everyday life, art and industry of the Minoans. After a seven-year closure, the archaeological site of Akrotiri, complete with houses, streets and squares, reopened to the public in 2012. Most of the site's exquisite frescoes, figurines and other artefacts are on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where wall paintings have been set up to show visitors what the frescoes would have looked like in situ. The frescoes are surprisingly colourful, and playful - including this scene of monkeys in reds, yellows and blues. (Amanda Ruggeri)
I couldn't help but be struck by how modern this wall mural from ancient Greece appears today.