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Mycenae/Μυκήνες

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The entrance to the ‘tholos’ beehive tomb.

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The beehive tomb also called ‘The Treasury of Atreus’ or more famously ‘The Tomb of Agamemnon’

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The beehive-like structure with its megalithic stones was built between 1350 and 1250 B.C

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The entrance to a smaller room. That has been blocked to due falling rocks.

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A few photographs from on site museum of Mycenae.

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A view of the Mycenaean ruins from outside the ‘Tomb of Agamemnon’

“The Mycenaean rulers had the seat of their power and activity in a luxurious palace, built on a hill (acropolis) which was surrounded by imposing fortifications that were constructed during the 14th and 13th Century B.C. The walls surpassed 12 metres high and 7 metres in length. The area covers 30,000 sq meters with a total length of 900 metres.”

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The beautiful landscape of Argos from the ancient ruins.

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The entrance to the ‘Lion Tholos Tomb’. Dates back to the 15th Century B.C

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The tholos (beehive) has not survived, but it is estimated to have been about 15 metres high.

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The ‘Lion Gate’ is the main entrance to the citadel of Mycenae

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The gate was closed by a double door, secured by a sliding bar. It dates to 1240 B.C

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The relief of  the lions is the oldest monumental relief in Europe. The heads of the lions did not survive and were made from steatite (soapstone).

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The Northeast extension of the citadel which secured the water supply.

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The underground cistern.

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They received water from the natural spring. Has a depth of 18 meters.

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The Mycenaean civilization flourished in the time span of 1600-1100 B.C.  It was the first advanced Greek civilization. The Mycenaean period was the setting of Greek mythology and the historical setting of the Trojan Epic Cycle (poems written about the Trojan war).

I visited the archaeological site of Mycenae for the first time in late October. It was unseasonably hot and crowded with tourists. I was told not to come here in the summer and I so glad that I didn’t. It’s a bit of a climb to the top, but the view of Argos is fantastic.

Small Town /Η Μικρή Πόλη

Halkida

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A bust of Greek philosopher Aristotle

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A quick escape from Athens to the southern small town of Halkida in Evia. The place where the, ‘father of western philosophy’ Aristotle died on the 7th of March 322 B.C.

“Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.”
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“Man is by nature a political animal.” -Aristotle
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Small Town Shops/Ta mικρά καταστήματα της πόλης

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And the ever-present Greek frozen yogurt shop.

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I love this windmill!

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Plenty of handmade items in this shop.

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Bracelets, sling shots and umm..no further comment.

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No relation..

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A couple walks by a charming little restaurant called ‘restaurant’ 🙂

Small towns like Nafplio have some of the prettiest store fronts that you’ll ever see. I loved the architecture of many of the buildings here, and there were so many things to shoot!

Μικρές πόλεις όπως το Ναύπλιο έχει μερικά από τα ομορφότερα προσόψεις καταστημάτων. Μου άρεσε πολύ η αρχιτεκτονική του Ναφπλιου, και είναι ένα εξαιρετικό μέρος για να βγάλετε φωτογραφίες!

The Small Town of Pylos/Η Κωμόπολη της Πύλου

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Earlier this month, I took a short trip to the Southern tip of the Peloponnese.  One of the places that I visited, for the first time, was Pylos. Pylos (pronounced pee-lo)  is a small and picturesque town in the province of Messinia.  The weather played a few tricks on us, first it was cloudy and then sunny. Later on it rained a lot, and that is unusual for Greece for the month of June. So, I wasn’t able to get enough sunlight in some of the photographs, but with a view like this it really didn’t matter.

Στις αρχές του Ιούνιοέκανα ένα σύντομο ταξίδι στο νότιο άκρο της Πελοποννήσου. Ένα από τα μέρη που επισκέφθηκα, για πρώτη φορά, ήταν η Πύλος. Η Πύλος είναι μια μικρή και γραφική πόλη στην επαρχία της Μεσσηνίας. Ο καιρός έπαιξε μερικά κόλπα για μας, μια ειχε συννεφιά, μια ειχε λιοφάνεια και, στη συνέχεια εριξε πολλή βροχή, πραγμα που είναι ασυνήθιστο για την Ελλάδα για το μήνα Ιούνιο. Έτσι, δεν είχα πολύ φως που ηθελα σε ορισμένες από τις φωτογραφίες μου, αλλά με θέα όπως αυτη πραγματικά δεν έχει πολύ σημασία .