Mycenae in Peloponnese, Greece: An Ancient Archaeological Site That Will Amaze by Fiona Whiley

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Mycenae in Peloponnese, Greece: An Ancient Archaeological Site That Will Amaze

The ancient city of Mycenae was one of the finest examples of Mycenaean culture, and inspired Homer in his epic poems. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with onsite museum displaying artifacts recovered during its excavation, is found to the northeast of the Peloponnese region in Greece. 

As you stroll around the ruins of the city and look at the remains of walls and grave circles and the cistern that have been in place since at least 1600 BC, it is easy to connect the site to the legends in Greek mythology, of demigods and kings, with their tragic tales. It is such an ancient place.

Set on the top of a hill, you can see for miles in every direction – a perfect place for a magnificent city. The “beehive” tomb named the “Treasury of Atreus” is a short walk down the hill from the main citadel, and is one of the most amazing monuments of Mycenaean architecture. The use of megalithic elements in the entrance, and the relieving triangle to distribute the weight to the posts so the lintel won’t crack, give credit to the ingenuity of that civilization, as do the 33 concentric circles of corbelled stones that line the inside of the tomb. Allow about two hours to appreciate it all.

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