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  • Day34


    August 29, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Mit dem Motorrad fahren wir nach Mykene. Ein antikes Dorf in dem ein großer Palast stand. Es war einst eine der bedeutendsten Städte Griechenlands. Wir entscheiden uns erst um 18Uhr hier her zufahren, da es hier keinen Schatten gibt. Es ging ein leichter Wind, deswegen war es echt erträglich. Zuerst besichtigen wir das Museum. Es gibt einen Audioguide auf Deutsch, in dem alles gut beschrieben wird. Danach gehen wir über das Gelände, auch hier braucht man wieder viel Fantasie, um sich die Bauten vom damals vorzustellen. Wir laufen auch durch das bekannte Löwentor. Auf den glatten Steinen bin ich natürlich glatt ausgerutscht, aber bis auf eine leichte Prellungen ist nichts passiert :DRead more

  • Day3

    Agamemnon Tomb (Bee Hive)

    May 12, 2015 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The Agamemnon tomb is an impressive "tholos" tomb on the Panagitsa Hill at Mycenae in Greece. It was constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC. The lintel stone above the doorway weighs 120 tons, the largest in the world. The triangle opening above the opening was situated there to distribute the weight onto the walls preventing the roof from caving in.
    The Agamemnon tomb was incredible to see in person, to appreciate the size and workmanship that went into building it.
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  • Day4


    March 13, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Next stop - in the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece and parts of southwest Anatolia. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its peak in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.(thank you wikipedia)

    For a bit more info on the Lion Gate, check out this wikipedia article - The Lion Gate is the sole surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture, as well as the largest sculpture in the prehistoric Aegean.

    By 1200 BC, the power of Mycenae was declining; finally, during the 12th century BC, Mycenaean dominance collapsed entirely. The eventual destruction of Mycenae formed part of the general Bronze Age collapse in the Greek mainland and beyond. Within a short time around 1200 BC, all the palace complexes of southern Greece were burned, including that at Mycenae. This was traditionally attributed by scholars to a Dorian invasion of Greeks from the north, although many historians now doubt that this invasion caused the destruction of the Mycenaean centres. Displaced populations escaped to former colonies of the Mycenaeans in Anatolia and elsewhere, where they came to speak the Ionic dialect.

    Afterwards we visited theTomb of Clytemnestra Ton of bees hanging around in here - luckily didn't get whacked although Janet thinks she might have.

    Upon leaving, we wander down to catch the bus and lo and behold - no bus! Ah - another adventure! So as we ponder where it disappeared to, we wonder if anyone else is left behind us but no, of course not! This is not the first time in my travels I have missed the bus! Now we look at each other rather stupidly and contemplate our options (never thinking to call our tour guide on her phone!), suddenly we see our bus returning on the highway! Needless to say someone suddenly noticed that we were missing although Effie was sure the count was right (she was rather embarrassed about this , I think!). So we quickly became famous as those "Left Behind" folks. I will say that I was damn glad to see that bus returning! :)
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  • Day570


    November 6, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    After a lovely lunch we then headed to Mycenae for some really ancient history, it would seem the site is from 1300 and 1200BC there were some really impressive bits ‘grave circle A’ photo2 great description eh? This was used in Neolithic times as well as during the 1200BC. A lot of the old town has been destroyed by earthquake or looted for building materials but there were two intact beehive tombs, well structurally intact the burial goods had all gone obviously but the two beehive tombs were awe inspiring. John was concerned with how they were built and concluded that a mound of ground was used and the block work built over this, they looked 10-12m tall, the soil would then have been removed and piled on top, they had what I felt were almost Egyptian style entrances and some of the blocks especially the lintels were huge. Just inside each of the 2 entry gates were small chambers where we assume the guards were located, one of the gates, the main one is known as the Lion gate. They had expanded the town walls during 1200 BC to add a water source . But the origin was still outside the walls but they had built an aqueduct of clay pipework partly above ground but mostly subterranean that then reached 18m under the town so they had unlimited water. check out the photos.Read more

  • Day589

    Day 590: Mycenae

    September 27, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Today was one that I'd really been looking forward to - visiting the ancient city of Mycenae. I remember studying their civilisation in high school many years ago, so it was great to finally make it here.

    They were probably the largest and most important of the Greek city-states prior to the rise of Athens around 500BC, so much of what we saw today dated from 1000 BC and earlier. The city itself, Mycenae, is a citadel located on a hill, with large walls and plenty of buildings inside. Highlight was definitely the Lion Gate, a huge relief carving of two rampant lions above the main gate of the city - the oldest known monumental relief in Europe!

    We spent a few hours here; even though we'd arrived early it kept on filling up with pensioners on bus tours, and around lunch time we retreated. Found a bakery and grabbed some spinach pies, then headed for the ruined city of Tiryns which is also part of the world heritage site. Although it was just as important as Mycenae and almost as well preserved - there was nobody here. Just us, a couple of workers and some stray dogs. Nice spot!

    Back to Mykinis where we cooked pasta for dinner. Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day14


    August 5, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Andiamo a vedere le antiche rovine di Micene.
    Passiamo sotto la porta dei Leoni (chi passa in numero dispari porta male) e poi andiamo a Naplio a mangiare la nostra pira quotidiana.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mikínai, Mikinai, Mycenae, Μυκήνες

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