Mycenae

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The Lion Gate

The ancient Mycenaean civilization has many similarities to the ancient Minoan civilization that we visited in Knossos, Crete.  Both civilizations inhabited Greece around the same time and shared many similarities with building structure, art, and way of life.  Some believe that the Minoans were greatly influenced or taken over at some point by these Mycenaean peoples.  No one knows for sure.  There is so much history tied to this site and to the region, as well as so much myth that was encorporated into Greek mythology.

We entered the site and were greeted by the impressive Lion Gate, the entryway into the city.  We wandered through the site at our own pace, since we only had a 30 minute drive to our destination for the day.

Ancient Mycenae
  The palace sits near the acropolis of the city, and from the top there are amazing views of the entire countryside.  The rulers of Mycenae during their time were definitely blessed with the lay of the land.  There aren't really any intact buildings on the site, but excavation has determined where different buildings were.  Excavations also revealed grave sites of the ancient royalty as well as pits where other bodies were placed.  The famous Mask of Agamemnon was found here and is now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Athens.

There was a lone mountain goat walking on one of the steep hills nearby, and it took us a while to spot him.  He made himself known with constant "bah"'s.  It gave us a good laugh.  Once we had walked all the way through the site, we went into the museum there and saw many of the relics from this ancient time.  Pottery, idols, weapons, and the like.

The rain sprinkled down as we left the museum there, and we were wondering if we were going to have unfavorable weather for our drive to Nafplion.  Since it was my first full day driving a stick, that was one thing I didn't want to have to worry about.  Fortunately, by the grace of God, the rain went away and we had a nice drive south to the port city.

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The Lion Gate
The Lion Gate
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae - The Royal Palace
Ancient Mycenae - The Royal Palace
Ancient Mycenae - the water cistern
Ancient Mycenae - the water cistern
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae - this path leads …
Ancient Mycenae - this path leads…
This is where the dead were buried…
This is where the dead were burie…
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae with views to Nafp…
Ancient Mycenae with views to Naf…
Views from Mycenae
Views from Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
The Lion Gate
The Lion Gate
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
My beautiful wife at Mycenae
My beautiful wife at Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Ancient Mycenae
Mycenae
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