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Mycenae

The "golden" city of Mycenae, the city of the legendary king Atreus and Agamemnon, the one that was cited by Hommer and excavated by Eric Sleeman, is one of the most important and most famous archaeological sites of Greece. The Dorian migration was the outset of the decay of Mycenae, which was destroyed by the people of Argos in the 5th cent. B.C. and was abandoned in the 10th cent. The Mycenaean citadel is still a fascinating place. 

The rich finds from the area (crowns, wall paintings, the golden mask of “Agamemnon”, and others) are hosted in the Archaeological Museum of Athens. The modern village of Mycenae is 2 km away from the archaeological site. It is located 24 km North from Nafplion.

 

Sightseeing

  • The impressive, majestic, Lions Gate, at the entrance of the Mycenaean citadel.
  • The royal complex.
  • The six royal tombs, in the 1st tomb ring (16th cent. B.C.), the grenary, temples and houses, in the citadel.
  • The 2nd tomb ring, with the vaulted tombs (14 royal and 12 private), outside the citadel.
  • The treasure of Atreus or the tomb of Agamemnon (13th cent. B.C.), a grandiose tomb, near the citadel.
  • The Heraion of Argos, a pan-Hellenic worship centre of the goddess Hera.
  • The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, in the village Chonikas (8 km. to the south).

 

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