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Address: Messini, Greece
Phone Number: 27240-51046-27240-51201
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Most beautiful archaeological Greek site

The Messenians were always at war with the local rivals, the Spartans. The fortifications are of the longest in Greece and the excavations by Prof Themelis are a great work... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Messenians were always at war with the local rivals, the Spartans. The fortifications are of the longest in Greece and the excavations by Prof Themelis are a great work. Combined with ancient Olympia, Pylos and the nearby paradise of Polylimnia it is a great 2 day trip. The advantage is that nothing was built over Messene and the set... More 

Thank Avakoum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

€4 entrance fee which also included entry into the museum in the town, what more could you ask for? The place is amazing as is the location and the scenery. One of the must see places when you visit Messinia.

Thank Peter K
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying rather far - in Nafplio. But having read some materials about this unduely neglected place, decided to take the effort. And it was worth it. We were driving in the rain and along some mountainous roads,and it took us more than 3,5 hours, so I almost started to regret. But when we finally found the place, it... More 

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Naples, Italy
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303 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Driving 25 km from Kalamata, you can take this excursion to the ancient Messene. Most of the area is now a major archeological site, with the ruins of the large re-founded city-state of Messene (in 369 BC, Epaminondas invited all the families that had gone into exile because of the military domination of Sparta to return to their native land).... More 

Thank FabioDiglio
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Certain archaeological sites in Greece are known world-wide for the beauty of the ancient ruins as well as the nature surrounding them. Ancient Messini (Also spelt Messene) is a magnificent site, which is one of the latest to open to the public and is at least as beautiful as Delphi, Ancient Olympia etc. As it is a lesser known site,... More 

3 Thank Spyros G
St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This stunning (and live) archaeological wonder was the highlight of my 8 days in the Messenian Gulf. It is a truly remarkable place and an absolutely huge area to explore. Located about 30 mins drive North of Kalamata, it can be a tricky place to find but, once there, you will be amazed at what you will see. Very reasonable... More 

1 Thank Chris S
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Last minute decision to visit, we both agree it was our favourite destination on our cruise, better than both Athens and Kusadasi !. The way its laid out you can see how the ancient city evolved with remains of all the various buildings from the athletes changing rooms to the forum. Good for photos and well worth a few hours... More 

1 Thank Philip T
Valencian Country, Spain
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Maybe it is not the most known but we went there thanks to a recommendation of our hotel recepcionist and it was totally worthy. It is really well preserved and the excavation and preseversation keeps on going. They were discovering at that moment a floor mural that was impressive and it was also interesting to see archealogists working.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We went at the end of a day so didn't have that much time at the site. Absolutely unbelievable. The site is huge and so much to look at. We will return armed with more information and time!

Thank Bettoire
Maitland, Australia
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

I hadn't planned on going here but after reading some other reviews on Trip Advisor I decided to go - and boy am I glad I did. This is one of the best sites for ancient history I have been to in Greece (and I have been to a lot!). There are still some excavation works and restoration works ongoing... More 

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