Ancient Messini

Ancient Messini

Ancient Messini
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
Apr 2022
After visiting the Archaeological Museum of Messenia in Kalamata, we drove 33 km northwest to this Hellenistic city ruins that thrived from the 3rd C BC to the 1st C AD.
After paying $11 each, we strolled 2.5 km to see the remarkable sites; Amphitheater, Agora, Treasury, Sanctuary of Asklepios, grave monuments and the Stadium.
Very pleased to see the reconstructed parts to make sense of it all, as there are many more ruins throughout.
Written April 11, 2022
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Jacko V
Belgium124 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
This site is the best we have seen in Greece , and actually further.. Large site, hidden gems behind the small hills, beautiful arena, temple complexes, pillar galleries, one can imagine how this site has been in Ancient Greece times. The buildings and complexes really make this possible.

One can spend easily 3 hours there. We were early and enjoyed the site nearly only by ourselves (April). Site closes at 15h30.
Entry fee is 10 euro for an adult, EU children are free.
Written April 6, 2022
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Hayley T
Swindon, UK32 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Great site to visit. Less touristy than Olympia but enjoyed it much more. Cost was €10 per adult and €5 for children. Couldn't see anywhere to buy drinks so make sure you take plenty of water as not much shade.
Written June 3, 2022
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Christsa2014
Athens, Greece120 contributions
Aug 2020
Despite the very high temperature (37 C), we loved our visit to the archaeological site and the museum. Many parts and buildings of the ancient city are excellently semi-restored, like the theatre, the stadium, the Asclepieion, the meat market. It is one of the best preserved Greek cities of the Hellenistic period. Congratulations to the last excavator Prof. Petros Themelis.
Very interesting exhibits in the small museum.
If you can afford, visit the site in April-May or September October. Also, prefer the south approach to the city.
Written September 1, 2020
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Karina R
8 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
A delightful surprise to discover and a fascinating look at an ancient city that is very well preserved. Loads of mosaics, engravings and restored buildings and theatres that help you visualize history.
This place is better than the ruins I’ve seen anywhere else in Greece so far. There are so many to see and the signage is excellent.
Written May 18, 2021
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Ali
London, UK150 contributions
Aug 2020
This must be the best-restored and most beautiful ancient site in Greece. We hired a car for the day from Kalamata and drove - about 45 minutes - and saw it between 7 and 8pm, when the temperature was perfect and the light stunning. We had it pretty much to ourselves as there were hardly any other visitors at that time.
You gradually walk down a hillside from the old temples to the stadium, which opens out over the valley towards the sea. The green hills and rural setting make it incredibly beautiful.
Written August 16, 2020
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Spiderdog
Cheshire, UK5,550 contributions
Sep 2020
This is an amazing site as you are looking at a complete city that covers a vast area.
So much to see and marvel at including one of the largest theatres of the ancient world,impressive mosaics and an almost complete stadium.
There is still ongoing work and restoration taking place so more treasures to be discovered each year.
The museum is on the road above the site and there is also the gate in the city walls which you can drive through on one approach to the site.
Allow plenty of time as there really is so much to see here.
Written October 11, 2020
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Babu2773
Chicago, IL877 contributions
Jun 2022
Give yourself a couple of hours to thoroughly explore this large site. Clean bathrooms are available at the entry gate and there are some shelters from the sun, or in our case, rain. Make sure to visit the small museum at the top of the road before driving down to the site.
Written June 20, 2022
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Tom Carter
427 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Wow. Standing in the arena and imaging the crowd... and this is not a film stage set.. this is where it actually happened, only some 2,5 millennia ago. One can easily spent several hours exploring. The archeological excavation alone is lasting almost 200 years already.
Written October 26, 2020
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Tonyc32
Tonyc32321 contributions
Oct 2020
Went here last week as part of a trip to all of the ancient sites in the Peloponneso region.

This was our favourite by far. First we were the ONLY tourists there but....given the time of year and COVID it was understandable.

This site is a lot bigger than you think and is amazing. Defo worth a visit.
Written October 19, 2020
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