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Impressed by the gate
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The road to Mycenae is quite safe and it will take you only a couple of hours to get by car from Athens Airport. We made a stop there on our way to Tolo. The Lion Gate impressed me the most, while the rest of the town is mostly ruins of neighborhoods. I remember it was very hot that day and we were tiring from the flight, but the site is constructed on a hill and there was a breeze refreshing us. We also visited the museum with the golden jewelry and the nice ceramics. Do not miss the Vaulted Tomb, it is close to the site and has great echo inside. The modern village of Mycenae is only 3 km from the ancient town but it has nothing to see. From Mycenae, Tolo is about 30-40 min drive.



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Ancient town on a hill
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It was not difficult at all to drive to Mycenae from Athens. The road was good and straight, no big winds or narrow spots. Rented a car online about two months before and got the car right after our arrival in Athens airport. The plan was to drive in the Peloponnese for a week and then go for another week in Naxos. We come to Greece the last ten summers but still hadn't visited the inland, which seemed a pity to us because we had seen so many nice photos of the Greek countryside and the archaeological sites there.

Mycenae was in the plan of the first day and visited it just three hours after landing in Greece. The GPS made things more easy to find the road. Follow the Attiki Road from the airport and at the end of this road, there is Elefsina, then continue to Corinth. Have a stop at the Corinth Canal but be careful not to miss the canal (there are no signs and it is very easy to pass the canal and not even understand it). Next stop Mycenae. There is a small junction from the National Hghway that goes to the site. You pass a small vilage of Modern Mycenae which looked pretty empty except for the small hotels and the campings. After a couple of miles, there is the archaeological site.

An ancient town spread along a hill. The most impressive spot of the site is the Lion Gate. The rest is mostly ruins of neighbourhoods and fortification. From the top of the hill you get a nice view of the valley. A small museum is next to the entrance with findings from the site and labels with the history of the excavations. Do not also miss the vaulted tomb in a walking distance souther from the site. This is called the Treasury of Atreus and it has great echo inside.



vasia

Impressive spots
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It was a hot, hot, really hot day when we took an excursion to Mycenae, the oldest of the most famous ancient sites in Greece.

Mycenaeis located on the slopes of a hill and you have to climb up through narrow footpaths. Fortunately, due to the altitude, the wind blows quite strong in Mycenae, so climbing up was not that tiring. The highest you go there, the best view you have to the above valley.

The most impressive spot of Mycenae (and for me the only that stays in the mind, besides the gorgeous view and the Treasury of Atreus) is the Lion Gate, at the entrance of the site. The rest of the hill has some remains of builidngs and tombs and an underground cistern. You climb down some steps to get into the cistern, but it is too dark if you don't have a torch, so better don't try it.

The Treasury of Atreus is about 10 minutes walk from the actual site and it is a tomb with a vaulted roof. Once inside, you will notice that it has great echo. It is said that this was the tomb of Atreus or Agamemnon, two important kings of Mycenae, and that it had many valuable, golden things inside, but it had been looted way before the excavations started in the late 19th century.

The museum is interesting but smaller than I expected, only four rooms in two floors.

One thing to notice was that almost all visitors were foreigners, we seemed to be the only Greeks there! I don't know what to conclude from this...



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Two hours needed to see the site
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We included Mycenae in our excursion schedule along with Nafplion last weekend. Although I live in Greece, I hadn't visited Mycenae before (it is a shame for me, I know!). The site is truly as impressive as people say, the best monuments were the gate with the lions and the vaulted tomb. It needs about an hour to visit the site and another hour for the museum, which is also worth to see.



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A place of kings and tragedies
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We went on Mycenae as a tour from Athens. It was a hot morning when we set off the bus and saw an impressive archaeological site lying in front of us. I had read about Mycenae back home, about its glorious kings and the tragedies that were connected to this ancient place. The gate of the lions, the Cyclopean walls, the vaulted tombs... Mythic figures like ghosts all over the place: Agamemnon, the abrupt king, his unfaithful wife Klytemnistra, their innocent daughter Iphigenia who was sucrificed for the sake of Greece, their unrational son Orestes who killed his mother and a daughter, Electra, secretly in love with her father... So many touching stories in a single place...



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Excellent and organized museum
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We spent last weekend in Nafplion and went an excursion to Mycenae, just 30 minutes away. I was impressed by the archaeological site. Only imagine that people, centuries and centuries ago, could build so high walls with barely no tools and machines at all!! The museum was very interesting and well-organized. Every exhibit had a label with full explanation. Very good work. I am Greek and I know that most museums in Greece do not work properly, but this museum in Mycenae was excellent. It is a shame that the Mask of Agamemnon was taken to the Archaeological Museum of Athens, I think it should come back there, right next to his grave.



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A nice experience
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We didn't spend but a few hours in Mycenae. It was an impressive archaeological site in the Peloponnese, somewhere close to Argos. We went there because we had taken a daily tour from Athens to Korinthos, Mycenae and Nafplion. I felt like living in the past there, while I was strolling around the ancient paths of Mycenae. I thought that the story of Iliad, that I was studying at school, had revived right in front of my eyes. The remains were also impressive and really huge, I still can't understand how the ancient people managed to build the walls so high with such few tools they had at their disposal. It was trully a nice experience.



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Mycenae such a historical place
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Mycenae really impressed me and my family. The cyclopean walls built with the huge rocks. The tombs were also impressive becasue of the way they were constructed like a bee hive. The new museum was great, very informative and fantastic artefacts. Mycenae is a must see site of Greece.



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