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Archeological sites and islands near Nafplio
The ancient theatre of Epidavros, an archeological site that everyone must visit during his stay in Nafplio
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The ancient theatre of Epidavros, an archeological site that everyone must visit during his stay in Nafplio
The old Greece is best known for the ancient period, the glory days when for instance the Acropolis in Athens was built, but there have been highly advanced cultures in Greece long before that. The Mycenaean civilization, which lasted from about 1600 to 1100 BC, was so strongly represented in Argolis that this was Greece's heart at the time. Skilled warriors defeated the even earlier Minoan civilization, and a rich aristocracy built palaces and temples. Mykines was the main city in this era, which also explains the name of the era. A short half hour’s drive north of Nafplio, you can still watch the impressive remains of this great, once mighty, city. Your first stop is the great Lion Gate, dating to the Greek Bronze Age and specifically the 13th century before our time. Note the huge rocks in and around the gate. Many weigh 20 tons, and there are building blocks in Mykines weighing up to 100 tons. Men and oxen were the "engines" they had at the time, but the walls are called "Cyclopean", which says that they were once thought to be built by the Cyclopes, one-eyed giants who are frequent guests in Greek mythology. Inside the city you can read descriptive texts that are located at the major sights. Feel free to also use the free leaflet you can pick up when buing your tickets, or bring a guidebook. Only the foundations remain from the tombs, palaces, shops and homes that once were here. The outer wall is more than 1.1 kilometres long, and you can see from the drawing (above, right) that many buildings were once part of this amazing city. And cast more than a glance at all the great views. Mykines is located between two mountains, yet there are plenty of places you just have to stop and enjoy the scenery below and above. After passing the Lion Gate you soon find yourself at a spot where the paths split. Select the left one, to get a, in all aspects, a better walk! Museum of Mykines is also a wonderful place, where you can look at the slightly ridiculous objects like the lady with the "platform shoes", but mostly richly decorated pottery, jewelry, toys, etc. The museum gives a good insight into the Mycenaean culture, especially if you also take the time to read the many posters that explains about this. And by all means look at the model of Mykines in the museum lobby. Equally at Mykines is Atreus' treasury, also known as Agamemnon's tomb. It has the shape of a beehive, called tholos in Greek. There are nine similar near Mycenae (see below), and five more in Argolis, but this is the most impressive of them all. King Atreus was, according to mythology, the son of Pelops (who has given Peloponnese its name), and father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, known from Homer and other ancient writers. But both Atreus and Agamemnon lived later than the time the tholos was built, one has later discovered. Oh well. It is an amazing building anyway! The tholos dates from about 1250 BCE, it is over 13 meters high and over 14 meters wide, and it was for a thousand years the tallest and widest dome in the world. Not only that, look at the craftsmanship here, how precise the stones are hewn and laid, both in the "beehive" and the road that leads into it. It is downright amazing! Many skip the tholos when they visit Mykines - perhaps because it’s a hundred metres or so of walking to get there - but they should not. The burial chamber is in many ways more impressive than the city itself, because it is so incredibly well preserved.
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Μυκήνες
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The old Greece is best known for the ancient period, the glory days when for instance the Acropolis in Athens was built, but there have been highly advanced cultures in Greece long before that. The Mycenaean civilization, which lasted from about 1600 to 1100 BC, was so strongly represented in Argolis that this was Greece's heart at the time. Skilled warriors defeated the even earlier Minoan civilization, and a rich aristocracy built palaces and temples. Mykines was the main city in this era, which also explains the name of the era. A short half hour’s drive north of Nafplio, you can still watch the impressive remains of this great, once mighty, city. Your first stop is the great Lion Gate, dating to the Greek Bronze Age and specifically the 13th century before our time. Note the huge rocks in and around the gate. Many weigh 20 tons, and there are building blocks in Mykines weighing up to 100 tons. Men and oxen were the "engines" they had at the time, but the walls are called "Cyclopean", which says that they were once thought to be built by the Cyclopes, one-eyed giants who are frequent guests in Greek mythology. Inside the city you can read descriptive texts that are located at the major sights. Feel free to also use the free leaflet you can pick up when buing your tickets, or bring a guidebook. Only the foundations remain from the tombs, palaces, shops and homes that once were here. The outer wall is more than 1.1 kilometres long, and you can see from the drawing (above, right) that many buildings were once part of this amazing city. And cast more than a glance at all the great views. Mykines is located between two mountains, yet there are plenty of places you just have to stop and enjoy the scenery below and above. After passing the Lion Gate you soon find yourself at a spot where the paths split. Select the left one, to get a, in all aspects, a better walk! Museum of Mykines is also a wonderful place, where you can look at the slightly ridiculous objects like the lady with the "platform shoes", but mostly richly decorated pottery, jewelry, toys, etc. The museum gives a good insight into the Mycenaean culture, especially if you also take the time to read the many posters that explains about this. And by all means look at the model of Mykines in the museum lobby. Equally at Mykines is Atreus' treasury, also known as Agamemnon's tomb. It has the shape of a beehive, called tholos in Greek. There are nine similar near Mycenae (see below), and five more in Argolis, but this is the most impressive of them all. King Atreus was, according to mythology, the son of Pelops (who has given Peloponnese its name), and father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, known from Homer and other ancient writers. But both Atreus and Agamemnon lived later than the time the tholos was built, one has later discovered. Oh well. It is an amazing building anyway! The tholos dates from about 1250 BCE, it is over 13 meters high and over 14 meters wide, and it was for a thousand years the tallest and widest dome in the world. Not only that, look at the craftsmanship here, how precise the stones are hewn and laid, both in the "beehive" and the road that leads into it. It is downright amazing! Many skip the tholos when they visit Mykines - perhaps because it’s a hundred metres or so of walking to get there - but they should not. The burial chamber is in many ways more impressive than the city itself, because it is so incredibly well preserved.
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Palamidi Fortress
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