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The Menelaion

Address: East of the Modern Town, Sparta, Greece
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Sparta
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Its a nice little walk ending on those ancient stones with a great view at mount taygetos! on the road you can find a little chapel and light a candle ;-)

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Orebro, Sweden
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181 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This Sanctuary is known from ancient times of geometric period, and was dedicated to Helena of Sparta and Menelaos, her husband. The structure in form of a pyramid we can see now is from Classical Hellenistic times. To get to the site you need to go north out from the city of Sparta, then cross the bridge over Eurotas, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

You really have to stop here if you are visiting Sparta. The view is breathtaking! We parked our car at the main road, but I would advise to drive to the little chapel. From there it is always straight. I uploaded a picture with the coordinates. Don't go to the location of the post it is not there.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Thanks to @Martha186225 and her clear directions, we managed to find the place. It was a bit more hidden than we expected. The sign was on the other side of the road. We went with the car to the very top, although I wished we walked. It is a dirty, steep and narrow road. You may park at the church... More 

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Athens, Greece
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Just 3 kms outside Sparta, cross the Eurotas Bridge heading for Geraki, and keep your eyes peeled for the sign pointing to a dirt track on your left. Most people grumble'There's not much to see in Sparta', well, not if you're seeking Leonidas the hero of Thermopylae. But the Menelaion has Mycenaeon connections, and there's more to it than the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You need a good guide book - firstly to give you clear instructions on how to get there and secondly to decode what you are seeing at the site. Having carried several volumes on the walk up to the site I can say without hesitation that Greece by Mee & Spawforth was by far the most illuminating. If you arrive... More 

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Sparta, Greece
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This is one of worlds most astounding places. You look over the ancient Evrotas valley and Sparta and see the majestic peaks of the Taygetos mountains.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

There are two impressing monuments at this place, a bronze age palace and a classical/hellenistic shrine. Both are well preserved.

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