an ancient historical site - another Unesco tick; drive through pretty countryside to get here - vineyards, orange and olive groves
tour groups oblivous to anyone thats not in unison with standing around blocking the sites off to anyone not in their group
You don't have to read Linear B to visit!
Mycecae (read as Mikini) was one of the main center of the Greek civilization in the 2nd millennium BC.The period around 1600-1100 BC was called Mycenaean.It was the "Kingdom of Agamemnon",the ruler of the greeks in the war against Troy.It is just a small place but worth visiting.Don't forget to stop at the museum as well,they showed the things...more
This place is actually a tholos tomb,(tholos is a dome like structure,resembles a beehive) it is also known as the "Tomb of Agamemnon".Agamemnon was the king of Myceanae,and a son of Atreus where the name of the tomb came from. Heinrich Schliemann gived the name of the place & was used since then.The tomb is about 300 m away from the acropolis.more
The Lion Gate is the main monumental entrance to the citadel,the name derives from the two confronted lions covering the triangle.This is part of the Cyclopian wall.Cyclopian wall is the wall covering the whole citadel which is about 900 m long and 5-7 m thick and 12 m high built with a huge rocks, believed to had built by the Cyclops( in the greek...more
The largest and most recent tholos tomb at Mycenae is called the Tomb of Agamemnon, although it was built at least 200 years earlier. Today its dome projects above the sloping hill that protects the lower tomb deep in the its hill. It no longer has any important content, however it rise by 33 courses of stone without mortar in a sloping flat top...more
The main part of the palace is set upon a plateau at the top of triangular hill, 278 m high. The plateau is roughly 320 m long with each of the other sides about 180 m. The palace was built about 1350 BC and lasted until 1200 BC. Only bases of buildings still remain. There is a fine view down to the Bus park.more
The Circle A was built in the northwest area of the fortress. It was created as a burial place for royalty. It was initially built just before 1500 BC. There are two concentric rings of vertical large flat stones. forming two rings. Within the area are six shaft graves which together contain seventeen adults and two children as well as grave goods...more
The entrance to the palace complex is made through a monumental gateway that is topped by two tall lionesses which were erected in the 13C BC. The lions stand above a lintel of a single giant stone that overlaps the vertical ones. The heads of the lionesses have been destroyed during the centuries. The front paws are set upon a row of heavy stones....more
This is a really nice museum, containing items found on the site. One of the most important items is a gold death mask dating from the 16th Century BC, one of 5 that have been found. The masks were all of men, and were probably kings. The museum has some very nice pottery, and cooking utensils, including tripod cauldrons and a big bronze dish....more
The Treasury of Atreus is a large beehive tomb built in the 14th Century BC. There were no inscriptions, so they don’t know who was buried there—but it was somebody important. The entryway to the tomb was covered with earth to conceal it. The tomb is 30 feet high, and the lintel weighs 120 tons. The wall is cracked from the weight above it, but the...more
Ah, Greek Mythology, how confusing. Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon, king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Mycenae. It is said that she plotted and murdered Agamemnon for having their daughter Iphigenia sacrificed, but was she guilty. Different accounts of the tragedy have Clytemnestra born of Leda and Tyndareus, married to Tantalus who was...more
This site was uncovered by the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1874, having been driven on by his belief that Homer's epics had a factual basis to the legend of Agememnon and his palace here 'of well built Mycenae, rich in gold'. Schliemann went on to find brilliantly crafted gold and sophisticated tomb architecture, which is in the...more
The main entrance through the circuit wall was made grand by the best known feature of Mycenae, the Lion Gate, through which passed a stepped ramp leading past circle A and up to the palace. The Lion Gate was built in the form of a 'Relieving Triangle' to support the weight of the stones. It dates back to 13th century BC and located right at the...more
A large central building, a second funerary enclosure (Grave Circle A) and the first tholos tombs were erected on the hill.Included in the newly fortified area were the city's religious centre and Grave Circle A, which was refurbished and used for ancestral cults.In 1874, Heinrich Schliemann began excavating Grave Circle A, where he uncovered five...more
From the hill on which the palace was located one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf.It was a pity I couldn't make a full 360 degrees panoramic view.You may watch my high resolution photo of Mycenae on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 43' 50.26" N 22º 45' 23.94" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mycenae View at...more
The fortification walls at Mycenae are best preserved along the northern side where they are up to 7.5 metres thick stand nearly 12 metres high in places. They were constructed for the most part of huge, irregularly shape stone blocks of the sort described as "Cyclopean" by later Greeks. There were two principal entrances, the Lion Gate at the west...more
At a conventional date of 1350 BC the fortifications on the acropolis, and other surrounding hills, were rebuilt in a style known as "cyclopean," because the blocks of stone used were so massive that they were thought in later ages to be the work of the one-eyed giants known as the Cyclopes. Within these walls, much of which can still be seen,...more
The Palace itself was built on the summit and along massive terraces on the south-western and eastern slopes of the hill. The final palace, remains of which are currently visible on the acropolis of Mycenae dates to the start of XVIth BCE. Earlier palaces must have existed, but they had been cleared away or built over.Unfortunately, all that...more
The ramp went past some houses, now considered to be workshops: the House of Shields, the House of the Oil Merchant, the House of the Sphinxes, and the West House. An undecorated postern gate also was constructed through the north wall.The main approach to the palace is the Great Ramp which begins at the back end Inner Court, just beyond the Lion...more
The Lion Gate is the icon of Mycenae. Its massive lintel is crowned with a huge stone relief of two lions. The main entrance through the circuit wall was made grand by the best known feature of Mycenae, the Lion Gate, through which passed a stepped ramp leading past circle A and up to the palace. The Lion Gate was built in the form of a 'Relieving...more
Kolizeras Restaurant is situated on a distance of several kilometers from Ancient Mycenae. It's very convenient for tourist groups which travel by buses. They have served us rather quickly. While cooks were preparing dishes I've taken an opportunity to have a walk around the restaurant and saw wonderful orange and olive trees.Kolizeras cutlet cost...more
The food was very good and the hopitality even better. The owner is a great old man ready to say Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Kalimera.Great place!!! This is the menu for : 12 euros- Moussaka;- Rosted veal;- Greek Salad; - Fruits.Mythos Beer 500ml : 2 eurosWater 1.5l : 1.30 eurosSoft drinks 250ml: 1.50 eurosmore
12 Reviews and Opinions
We took the bus from the Nafplion KTEL (bus terminal) to Mycenae ,but then on March 2012 their was no direct bus to Mycenae,the bus stops at Argos then hop-in to another bus(the bus was already waiting for us),travel time takes around 40mins. It stops a meter away from the acropolis,and it departs on the same spot too.more
Buses from Athens to Mycenae are cheap (it wasn't even €10 if I recall). However, be warned that the stop where the bus leaves you (Mycenae is VERY small) is in front of a bar (same place where you buy your ticket back), which is QUITE far from the main sight. I had to walk a LOT, because I didn't have any money for a cab. (I ended up taking a cab...more
I got there with a bus tour. It is not the best way to visit archaelogocal sites because they give you about 40-50 minutes to walk around or even less if you listen to your guide before. But it is good for those who don't drive and want to get to as many places in one day as possible.more
Our guides’ version of Homer’s epic:
The Trojan War wasn’t really Helen’s fault--she just got caught up in it. There was a royal wedding and all the gods were invited except Eris, the Goddess of Discord, so she threw out a golden apple to be awarded to “the fairest.” Athena, Aphrodite and Hera all claimed it. Zeus refused to get involved so he sent them to Paris for a decision, and they started bribing him. He chose Aphrodite because she offered him Helen.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most representative collections in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days.
You may see there wonderful masterpieces of Mycenaean Art: Three-Handled Pixies, Stirrup Jars, Statuettes of Goddesses, Cup with a spout (XIII BC).
Daily 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. (entrance till 6 p.m.)
Closed — Mondays
121019, Russia, Moscow, Volkhonka st., 12
Admission 100 rubles ($4) for Russian citizens and 300 rubles ($12) for others.
The museum, which opened in 2004, has some 2,500 objects from Mycenae and the surrounding area, recording life from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of Mycenae at the end of the 2nd millennium B.C. Objects are grouped based on the area in which they were found, to help visitors relate them to the site. Reconstructions of several rooms in...more
In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae.In the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, the impressive Cyclopean walls of the Mycenaean...more