The miniature of the River or Semitropical.
This covered the band that divided the eastern wall of the above-mentioned room. A scene with figures of heroes, wild animals and birds is taking place by the river.
The north wall of the same room had a minia-lure which was executed on three levels: the first portrayed a sea-battle, the second some warriors holding long spears and wearing shields and helmets, and the third a pastoral scene.
– Five frescos showing sea-going ships from the West House.
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– The fresco of the Women from room 1 of I he House of the Women. The figures are dignified, with rouged cheeks and jewellery.
– Finally, the fresco of the Papyruses from i lie same room in the House of the Women.
The famous Spring muralfrom room 2 of Complex D. The rocky outcrops with their blossoming lilies were probably typical of the larul-scape of the island before the earthquake. The swallows swooping above, alone or in pairs, are of the greatest beauty (Athens. National. Archaeological Museum).
The second important period in the history of Santorini is linked with the city of Ancient Thera. The excavations there, begun in 1896 by Baron Hiller von Gaer-tringen in the area of Mesa Vouno, revealed ruins of a town which bore evidence of settlement as early as the 9th century BC. The mountain of Profitis Ilias, Santorini’s highest peak, runs eastward into the lower rocky outcropping of Mesa Vouno. These two mountains are joined by a ridge named Sellada. Mesa Vouno, with an altitude of 369 metres, extends from west to south and its steep slopes plunge to the coast at Kamari to the north side and Perissa to the south.