Mycenae

The acropolis at Mycenae was the center of one the first and most important Greek civilizations. 20120613-131823.jpg

Located atop the lower hill, surrounded by much higher peaks, the acropolis was a stronghold of the 13th century BC. The main entrance was the famous Lions Gate.
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Inside the walls, two burial circles have been excavated. Results of excavations have led experts to the realization that Mycenae was the home of Agamemnon and that the players in the story of the Trojan war were, in fact, real. Something any true Greek could have told you.

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The back gate.

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Commanding views all around.

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The walls enclose a deep cistern that was fed from springs outside.

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Of course it is open to the public.

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Of course it is steep with slick steps and no lights or handrail. What to do? We realized there is an app for that – the flashlight app. No need for the sunglasses. Saner minds, though, stayed behind.

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Halfway down we discovered this reassuring measure propping up the ceiling, presumably preventing a cave in. Could use a little Rustoleum.

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Outside the walls and down the hill is a great example of the “beehive” tomb constitution, called the Treasury of Atreus. Unfortunately it was so visible and well known, that it was stripped of all artifacts and the details of it original usage are lost to antiquity.

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Inside the tomb, looking up.

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The museum is very nice and contain many clues to the history of the site.

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More snake icons than I have seen anywhere else on this trip.

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A Tripod and bronze axes. Some in pretty great shape.

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