are countless places to visit in the Peloponnese and you cannot
possibly see all of them. This is an area rich in history and the
is drier. I have selected a few that I feel are worth visiting,
historically significant and span all millenniums.
The Mycenaean Age
in Greek history flourished approximately from 1600 BC to 1100 BC in
Greece. After the decline of the Minoan civilization, power shifted to
the city states in the Peloponnese such as Mycenae, Tiryns and Argos.
they were culturally influenced by the Minoans and traded with them,
Mycenaeans were more warlike and you can see this in their citadels and
their massive stone foritifications. The
Peloponnese should be included in your trip to Greece and I have
selected a few of the must-see places here.
citadel of Mycenae, perched on an acropolis is impressive and majestic.
Being there you
can envision the influence and power this city state exerted over the
The ruins include the Lion Gate, royal palace, throne room and grave
A. Below the acropolis you will find various other ruins. Some of the
finds were found in Mycenae and they can now be seen at the
Museum of Athens.
the road from the
citadel of Mycenae you will find a huge tholos, a royal burial vault
live a beehive. It is called the Treasury of Atreus (Beehive
Tomb). Archaeologists are unsure who was buried here, but speculation
that it was King Agamemnon.
found Tiryns to be an equally impressive and even more
majestic site than Mycenae. It
is rarely visited by tourists compared to Mycenae and still under
The walls and fortifications are formed of huge stones and were at one
time twice their height. All that is left of the citadel are
of buildings. Fragments of wall frescoes were found here including
scene and bull vaulting frescoes (1300 BC - 1200 BC) and it can be seen
in the Archaeological
Museum of Athens. The style and influence of the Minoans on Tiryns is
there is an interesting story regarding this site for me. It wasn't on
my tour's itinerary, but it was a place that I had to see, a must-see.
Tiryns is also a site that isn't frequented by tourists very often. It
happened that on our way from Mycenae, our tour bus passed by it and
the bus had stopped at our hotel soonafter. Having 1.5 hours for lunch,
I felt I could jog there, see the place and be back before the bus
departed for the next venue. It didn't take me long to get there and at
the site there were only a handful of tourists and few archaeologists
working, definitely worth the trip and experience. By paying attention
to what was passing us by as we rode in the bus, I was able to visit
this ancient and not very well-known site and still be back in time at
site is famous for its
well-preserved ancient theatre and the ruins of the Asclepian
is also a small museum on the site.
The place where the Olympics all began will be discussed
is a beautiful little
town that was once the capital of modern Greece. As well there are 3
including the fortress Palamidi and several Venetian castles.
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