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Mycenae

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Name:
Mycenae
Continent:
EUROPE
Alt Name:
 -
Country:
Greece
Period:
Ancient Greece
Sub-Region:
-
Date:
2000BC - 1001BC
City/Town:
Mykines
Figure:
Agamemnon
Resorts:
Mykines, Korinthos,
Related:
The Acropolis, Olympia,
Corinth, Sparta,

Mycenae history

Mycenae is an important archaeological site in Greece which was once the city at the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation of between 1600BC and 1100BC.

Believed to have been inhabited since Neolithic times, Mycenae flourished into a fortified city and was ruled at one time by the famous King Agamemnon.

At its peak, Mycenae was one of the most important Ancient Greek cities and is linked to several works of cultural significance, including the Odyssey and the Iliad. Today, Mycenae contains several well-preserved sites, including the Lion’s Gate and the North Gate, which form parts of its fortified walls and which once stood 18 metres high and 6 to 8 metres thick.

A few other dwellings can also be seen at Mycenae, together with a granary and some guard rooms. Other important structures include Mycenae’s Terraced Palace, which was abandoned in the twelfth century, the religious structures which comprise several shrines and temples and the grave sites, which date back throughout Mycenae’s history.

The most impressive of the burial sites and arguably the most remarkable of Mycenae’s sites is the Tomb of Agamemnon, also known as the Treasury of Atreus. This once elaborate thirteenth century tomb is carved into Mycenae’s hills. This fascinating site also features as one of our top ten tourist attractions of Greece.

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contact details

Address: Mycenae, Mykines, Agrolis, The Peloponnese, Greece

Phone: +30 27510 76585

E-Mail: odysseus@hch.culture.gr

visitor information

Directions to Mycenae:
The Mycenae site is located in the Peloponnese on a small road off Route Tyrinthas Mykinon in the modern town of Mykines. The journey from Athens takes around an hour and forty minutes. There are also regular buses from Argos, Nafplio and Tolo to Mykines.

Mycenae opening times and ticket prices:
Mycenae is open daily, 8am-7pm in summer and 8am-3pm in winter. Admission costs €8.

Links:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/941/
http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2573
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycenaean_Greece
http://www.ancient.eu.com/mycenae/

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