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Ancient Messini

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Address: Messini, Greece

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What an amazing and wonderful ancient site. Approaching the ancient city by car from above one can see the remains of the vast walls all around - makes the walled cities of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

What an amazing and wonderful ancient site. Approaching the ancient city by car from above one can see the remains of the vast walls all around - makes the walled cities of Nicosia in Cyprus, Urbino in italy or St. Albans in England tiny by comparison. You start and end at the coffee shop, where they do a good cuppaccino,... More 

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

So great to visit hear...fresh grapevines just to collect and eat. Not too many other people.. Quite hard (+38 degrees) for small kids but icecream helped afterwards. Old stadium with their seats were great to see.

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Orleans, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is an unusually interesting site. First, the scale of the digs is amazing. Then, the location is breathtaking. This was a very large city and what is left gives an idea of how prosperous it must have been. The stadium is a gem.

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ATHENS HELLAS
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25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

You go riding through the Arcadian Gate, nine kilometers after Meligala and immediately understand that this is not an ordinary archaeological site. Where else there is, indeed, the ancient entrance to the city which runs the entire car? The Arcadian gate is a special case of entry ancient city, though: It looks built by Cyclops, both are gigantic boulders that... More 

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Bournemouth
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Unexpectedly large site, still undergoing works, gave a real feel for the history of the site. The museum was interesting as it houses all the statues discovered here. Very reasonable entrance fee. You will need to hire a car or take a taxi (45 minutes)

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Melbourne,Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Standing amongst the ruins of ancient Messini actually transports you back in time. Amazing experience

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

That is the only way to describe the sight that greets you as you come through the gates. The site is huge and, having been here a number of times, it is wonderful to see the active progress being made on uncovering more and more of its treasures. Perhaps the best is to come though, as you walk around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Heard abt it when i was working in the near area Decided to go there not expecting much, but was so surprised by how much was actually there In my view it may even be better or have more to show/offer than famous site like Delphi

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Ancient Messini is that not very know ancient greek site that when you reach is like...wow stonising, overlooking the sea the place is really big and you can find from temples built by nobel families to roman houses, a cristian basilica ruin from the 7th century and a superb stadium a very nice theatre and a really big area with... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Interesting historical site that is huge. However there is little explanation on the way around the site. The museum is tiny but interesting as some full sized statues there. Would recommend a visit if you have time to do it. No shelter from rain so go when it is dry if you can. Beware of the wild dogs on the... More 

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