Messinia – Archeological sites

The archaeological sites of Messinia, including two of the greatest sites of all Greece, are clearly the pinnacle of the civilization of the Messinian land. We’re talking of course about ancient Messini and the Palace of Nestor. Ancient Messini is the best preserved city of ancient Greece, with impressive buildings that inspire awe in the visitor. The Palace of Nestor, just outside the town of Pylos, in the village of Chora, is one of the most impressive Mycenaean palaces, and that is not only because of its size. The visitors can, among others, to admire the throne room of the Homeric king, the wise adviser of the Achaeans, during the siege of Troy.

Vaulted tombs, such as those in Kaplani, in Voidokilia, in Psari or in Malthi, the ruins of ancient cities, such as Thalames or ancient Thouria, the burial mound of Agios Ioannis Papoulion and the ancient shipwrecks in the Strait of Methoni are some of the archaeological sites of Messinia that the visitors should not miss .

Ancient temples, with the most important being those of Pamisos, the river that was worshiped in ancient times for its healing properties, as well as the sanctuary dedicated to Apollo of Korythos, located in Agios Andreas of Longa, are also among the archaeological sites of Messinia worth visiting.

  • Vaulted Tomb of Voidokilia

    The Vaulted Tomb of Voidokilia of the Mycenaean period is believed to have belonged to Thrasymedes, son of the legendary King Nestor. There were found quite rich offerings.

  • Vaulted Tomb of Kaplani

    Between the villages of Kaplani and Zizani, at the top of the hill Vigla lies the Mycenaean vaulted tomb with a diameter of five meters.

  • Vardia (the Greek word for “Shift”) of Demetreons

    The Shift (Observatory) of Demetreons was built in the 18th century, over the old port of Kardamyli to guarantee the better surveillance of the area.

  • Sanctuary of Pamisos

    River Pamisos in Messinia was worshiped in ancient times for its healing powers. The Sanctuary of Pamisos was in the village of Agios Floros.

  • Sanctuary of Ithomatas Zeus

    The Sanctuary of Ithomatas Zeus was on the top of Mountain Ithomi in Messinia, in the place where the Convent of Voulkano is built today.

  • Sanctuary of Artemis Limnatida

    The Sanctuary of Artemis Limnatida is located on a plateau at northeast of the village Mavrommati. There are found the foundations, the altar and the pedestal of the statue.

  • Sanctuary of Apollo of Korythos

    Buildings of successive building phases that have been excavated in the region of Agios Andreas of Loga, are identified with the Sanctuary of Apollo Korythiou Peloponnese-or.

  • Roman Baths

    Premises of Roman Baths have come to light 3.5 km to the west of Petalidi. It includes a bath, glass furnaces and auxiliary premises.

  • Palace of Nestor

    The so-called Palace of Nestor is the most well-preserved Mycenaean Palace in Greece. It is located in Messinia, 4 km south of the village of Chora and 14 km from Pylos.

  • Myrsinochori

    Two vaulted tombs of the early Mycenaean period have been excavated in Myrsinochori at Routsi. One of them was found intact.

  • Mycenaean settlement in Antikalamos

    A small part of Mycenaean settlement was revealed in Antikalamos, with particular importance. It is the first to be revealed near the city of Kalamata.

  • Hill range Ellinika

    The hill range Ellinika is 11 km away from Kalamata and an extensive cemetery of chambered Mycenaean tombs and many valuable findings came to light next to Ellinika.

  • Cave of Agioi Anargiroi

    The Cave of Agioi Anargiroi is near the village of Palaio Loutro, 45 km away from Kalamata.

  • Arcadian Gate

    The Arcadian Gate was one of the two entrances of ancient Messini and is an impressive monument preserved in good condition.

  • Ancient Thouria

    The ancient Thouria was one of the most important cities in Messinia of classical times. The ruins lie scattered in a very large area.

  • Ancient Thalames

    In the ancient city Thalames in western Mani, the ancient oracle of Pasiphae used to operate.

  • Ancient Source Klepsidra

    The Ancient Source Klepsidra which supplied with water ancient Messini, is in the village Mavrommati and gurgling water runs constantly since antiquity.

  • Ancient shipwrecks in Methoni

    In the Strait of Methoni have been identified two ancient shipwrecks with important findings. There is expected to open the first open to visitors underwater archaeological park.

  • Ancient Messini

    Ancient Messini is one of the most impressive archaeological sites, with many buildings to survive at very high altitude and in very good condition.

  • Ancient Lefktra

    Ancient Lefktra were above the current location of Stoupa and further relative information are available from Pausanias.

  • Ancient Fares

    Ancient Fares is in place of the current castle of Kalamata. It was an important center during the Late Helladic (Mycenaean) Age (1580-1120 BC).

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