Sights of Interest in Greece
Mycenae, Peloponnese16-02-2013 20:17Mycenae is a city of great significance in Greek history that named the Mycenaean Civilization that flourished here in the late Bronze Age around 1600–1200 BC. The palace of Mycenae, known in legend as the palace of Agamemnon, is an important archaeological site located in the Argolid region of Peloponnese which has been excavated in the 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann, providing valuable information about the Mycenaeans who left behind no written history.
The Palace of Mycenae is situated on the top of a hill, overlooking the Argive plain. Archaeology shows that the site was first inhabited in the 3rd millennium by Neolithic settlers. The heyday of the Mycenaean civilization came in 1400–1200 BC and the most representative structure of its acme is the huge limestone fortification walls, usually referred to as the “Cyclopean Walls”, believe to have been built by the Cyclops because of their huge size. At the main entrance of the Palace of Mycenae we see the most distinctive surviving feature of the Mycenaean grandeur: the Lion Gate, built around 1260 BC.
The preeminence of the Mycenaeans is shown by the many royal tombs that were found around the Palace, now called by archaeologists Grave Circle A and B, with rich burials findings of silver and gold, named tomb treasures, among them the so-called Treasury of Atreus, a monumental tomb outside the Palace of Mycenae. The Mycenaeans formed a warlike society, bearing fundamental social differences to their precedents, the Minoans.
The ruins of Mycenae were first investigated by the British Lord Elgin in 1802, but were excavated by Schliemann in 1874–1876. The findings that the excavations brought to light were of vital historic importance, as this way the existence of a whole civilization was proved. The ruins of Mycenae indicated the existence of the city “rich in gold” as the poet Homer called Mycenae and therefore it was the proof that legendary heroes recalled in mythology like Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, actually have lived. The history of Mycenae is strongly connected with the Greek expedition against Troy, the Trojan War, as it is described in Homer’s epic poem of Iliad. Among Schliemann’s important findings was the golden Death Mask of Agamemnon, which is now exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
The excavations in Mycenae have shown many weapons, swords, shields, pottery and everyday life tools that are now exhibited in the adjacent to the site archaeological Museum of Mycenae. Outside the Palace of Mycenae there are the tombs of Atreus and Clytemnestra.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
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Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
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