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GREECE | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Views [418]

View from top of Mycanae

View from top of Mycanae

Mycenae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the archaeological site of an ancient Greek civilisation. During the bronze age, sometime in the 2nd millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major military powers of Greece. Their pre-eminence is such that, much of this millennium period of Greek history is known as the Mycenaean period. If the name still doesn't ring any bells, then think Eris, Paris, Helen, Agamemnon and Troy.

Getting to Mycenae from Nafplio takes about 30 minutes. There's a direct bus, with helpful signs on the bus saying Mykines. At the site, the Mycenaean Palace sits on a hill with a commanding view of the city below. Surrounded by a bunch of bigger hill, the place would have been easy to defend and difficult to take:

There's really isn't much to see at the site as it's mostly ruins, mainly foundations and nothing remotely resembling an intact buildings. Clearly there's been a lot of research on the site, as archaeologists do a pretty good job of identifying the different buildings and functions.

The most intact thing is the cistern. A fifty metre walk down into the pitch black bottom. The entrance and bottom:

There's so little to see here that it doesn't take long before I'm exiting the hill and walk down into the museum where there's quite an impressive collection of artefacts, there's even a full suit of bronze armour.


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