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Magnificent ancient sight

So many great ancient locations in Greece and particularly in the Peloponnese. You would expect hords of tourist (like in Ancient Olympia, still a great place), but not here! The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So many great ancient locations in Greece and particularly in the Peloponnese. You would expect hords of tourist (like in Ancient Olympia, still a great place), but not here! The place is definitely as great as the other ones, but it will be your own secret and seclude location. It is great to have a good imagination when visiting old... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very impressed by the site and thought that we would continue in the museum. One person in our group is a professional archaeologist working at the Archaeological Society of Athens. The employees of the museum did not allow us continue in the museum because she was not authorised to give us a tour because she had to be... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we loved this place, beautiful surroundings, so much to see,without all the crowds of olympia. good museum outside too. If you can only go to one place make this it

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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Besides the cosy little village above the site, the museum and the big agora, Ancient Messini is interesting because of the temple close to the entrance with remnants of Arsinoe fountains. There are two amphi theaters, a range of temples and a big asklepion (health center). Everything is not visible at first sight, but walking down the site you discover... More 

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Mount Pleasant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

I rank these things in order from best to worst. Day 1) koroni methoni pilos castles day day 2) Nafplio /epidaurus day 3) ancient messini and kalamata day 4) mystras, diros, kalamata day 5) delphi day 6) athens day 7) olympia. Yes All of those things are better than athens. Not so much the ruins but just that my expectations... More 

Thank Robertstj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Very impressive archeological site, with well preserved ancient theater and even more impressive stadium. Huge site, walking ~3.0 km to explore. Better avoid very hot or very cold days. But you really need to walk all over the place, the stadium is not visible from the entrance. The museum is located 500m. before arriving at the entrance (parking), small but... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Well worth exploring for an hour or so but not as impressive as some of the ruins in Turkey, for example.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Having visited all the major sites in the Peleponnese (plus Delphi) this is simply the best. It just goes on and on, with special mention being made to the stadium. It's a little off the beaten track (we did it en route between Mani and Olympia) but do try to fit it in and you will not be disappointed.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Wow! One of the best ancient sites we have seen in the world. You could easily spend 2-3 hours here but make sure you go in the late afternoon/early evening. It could be very hot during the day. Great tavernas nearby in Messinia.

Thank M_and_LW_27
Piraeus, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Ancient Messini is a very important site very well preserved and very big. The remains of this ancient city are at least as extensive as those of more famous sites in Greece. Among others includes a Sanctuary of Asclepius, theatre, villa etc. On the top of the hill, outside of the site, there is a nice cafe-restaurant from where you... More 

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