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Citadel and Treasury of Atreus

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Address: Mycenae, Greece
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More impressive than you expect from outside

As I mentioned in my separate review of the Lion Gate, I consider this a very early example of Mediterranean architects employing the principles of the vaulted arch long before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

As I mentioned in my separate review of the Lion Gate, I consider this a very early example of Mediterranean architects employing the principles of the vaulted arch long before the magnificent cathedrals starting around 1000AD. Wikipedia says this was probably constructed around 1250BC and I quote from their article as I can't improve on it: "it was the tallest... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Some people can’t appreciate the Treasury of Atreus .You has to have a very careful look to see the perfection of this building. As the tightly fitting stones creating a perfect cathedral, induces me onto a humble bow before the constructor. The builders of the Angkor temples never learned how to build an arch. It is a pity that they... More 

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Lakeland, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Citadel: Also referred to as Agamemnon's Temple or Palace, and the Mycenae Citadel. It's from here that King Agamemnon led the Greeks to fight the Trojans as described in the epic poem by Homer known as "The Iliad." There is a steady climb from the parking lot up the hill to the top. You will pass through the Lion... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Treasury of Atreus is just down the hill from the main cluster of Mycenaean ruins, but it's well-worth the extra steps. It's an engineering marvel, probably the best example of a "tholos" (beehive) tomb from the Bronze Age. I found it interesting that it was never "lost," but has been part of the landscape for all these centuries. We... More 

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I've been there on April 15,2015. It was less interesting place among other cultural heritage of Greece. It's so called Royal tomb of King Agammemnon(leader of the Troy war).But nothing to see inside.Architecture was impressive. It was dark and a lot of big bees were flying. Beware of beehive if you walk in. I didn't spend much time as previous... More 

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Brisbane
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had difficulty appreciating this single room site. the construction is igloo like and it simply a large open room with bees, wasps and bats. We went without a guide and maybe the history is interesting but the signs provided (nor the staff by way of leaflet which may help) don't give any insight into anything terrible interesting. The ticket... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Architecturally, it's a wonder for its time and amazing how much it's like a beehive, although, when you walk in, beware of bees, wasps, and bats as they can be around, and if you are not interested in the history of mycenae you will not appreciate this tomb. I didn't spend much time inside the tomb, has a bit of... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stopped here before heading to Mycenae. I'm glad we did. You actually get go inside. Great photo opportunity.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I think you really need to know the stories about this site and realize just how old it is to appreciate what you are seeing. Beautiful setting. It can be very windy and cold up on the mountain. Also, may be challenging walking for some.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The archeological aspects of this massive dome are startling and the historical significance is as well if you consider who may have been buried here. The Treasury of Atreus is also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon. The interior looks much the same as an igloo but this one is made of stone. One of them (the lintel is 120... More 

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