The story of this lost city has been around since 355 B.C. Plato wrote about this lost land in two dialogues, Timaeus and Critias. Plato believed that this land was near the Straits of Gibraltar until its destruction 10,000 years prior.
Atlantis was explained to be in the shape of a bullseye. Alternating rings of land seperated by the Atlantic. Plato used his dialogues (Timaeus and Critias) to express his thoughts.
In these dialogues a powerful empire was said to be located to the west of the Straits of Gibraltar (or what was then noted as the Pillars of Hercules). This Empire was founded by the God of the Sea, Poseidon. Poseidon had 5 children on this island. Atlas, the first born, had the continent and the surrounding ocean named after him. The capital of Atlantis was the best of engineering and architecture. This city was made up of walls and canals. In the very center was a hill, and on top of this hill was a temple to the God of the Sea.Inside of the temple was a gold statue of Poseidon driving six winged horses.
If you dare to assume that Atlantis exists then the only place that it could be found (my opinion, may differ from other researchers) is near the AzoresIsland which is just west of the Straight of Gibraltar. Ocassionally someone will try to convince someone interested in Atlantis that it is near New Zealand or Switzerland?.briskly walk in the opposite direction.
If you've done your research on Atlantis you should know the name K.T. Frost. Frost was the first to present the idea that Atlantis may be to the east rather than the west of Straits of Gibraltar. So...where...is...Atlantis? If your not confused yet you should be. Everyone knows the Island of Crete. If you don't...it's a modern part of Greece that lies just a bit south of Athens. If you don't know where Athens is...well...your a lost cause.
If we take a trip back in time to about 1500 B.C. you would see the Island of Crete as the seat of the Minoan Empire. Minoan Crete was the most sophisticated cultures of this period. Then without warning the Minoans disappeared...like dinosaurs after (insert your preferred theory here).
Ten miles north of Crete is Santorina. Many scientists, including myself, believe that a disaster occured here capable of destroyiing the Minoans. The eruption was four times as powerful as Krakatoa. Imagine a 400 feet high tsunami, and now picture it landing in your backyard. Hey....wheres your house? Ash would have blackened the sky for 12 days.