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Citadel and Treasury of Atreus

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Citadel and Treasury of Atreus

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From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio (fixed price per person)
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From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio (fixed price per person)

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Choosing a tour from Athens can be tough: avoid the cramped and stuff buses and set out on a small group tour of highlights. Visit incredible stops on a tour of historical highlights including a traditional lunch at the coastal city of Nafphlio. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mycenae, the remarkable ancient theatre of Epidaurus and the Kingdom of Agamemnon. Travel back in time and journey to tombs and palaces of ancient places. See the great Cyclopean Walls and the Gold Mask of Agamemnon, leader of the Trojan War.
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Susannah P wrote a review Sep 2020
Tiverton, United Kingdom1,415 contributions173 helpful votes
Visit here after visiting Ancient Micyene. Really worthwhile stopping to look at this. Very picturesque.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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permia wrote a review Jul 2020
Ireland36,333 contributions1,556 helpful votes
It’s a stunning feat of ancient building work, creating a final resting place for Royal remains. Scholars believe that it likely has no association with either legendary Agamemnon or Atreus, being constructed much earlier the Homeric exploits of the former. It was marvellous approaching the entrance with its astonishing lintel stone of about 120 tons. The feat of getting this into place in antiquity is unsurprisingly still not fully comprehended. Awe-inspiring was the experience of entering the cavern and gazing around. With a dome to marvel at, this remained the largest such in the world for more than a millennium. It was an unforgettable visit.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vadim wrote a review Jun 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,560 contributions2,029 helpful votes
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Treasury of Atreus is the first thing a tourist sees before reaching Mycenae. However, there is no treasure in the Treasury. Like most similar tombs, starting with the Egyptian pyramids, the treasures of the tomb of Atreus were looted in ancient times. The largest Tholos, built of huge stone blocks, is conventionally called the tomb of Atreus. Atreus is a mythical character, the son of Pelops, after whom the entire Peninsula is named. Sophocles recounted the tragic history of the Atreus family. His brother Fiestas seduced the wife of Atreus Aerope. Atreus killed his brother's sons for this, and made a roast of their meat, which he served on the table, inviting Fiesta to stay. Fiestas cursed the family of Atreus. The two sons of Atreus are known through Homer. They are Agamemnon, ruler of Mycenae, and Menelaus, king of Sparta from whom Paris stole the beautiful Helen. In fact, there are no written sources other than Homer, so scientists say that the ruler who completed the construction of the Mycenaean fortress, or his successor, was buried in the tomb. This was before Agamemnon. On both sides of the entrance there were carved pillars and roof of the dome was decorated with bronze rosettes. The entrance to the cell went through a sloping corridor-a dromos 36 meters long. The height of the tomb is 13 meters, and the diameter of the vault is 15 meters. What struck me most were two things. This is the weight of the jumper. It weighs 120 tons. Even now, to lift this weight you need a self-propelled Liebherr LTM-1120, which You will be looking for all over the Peloponnese. The second amazing fact is that the masonry has been kept for 3 thousand years without limestone solution! What a level of construction culture! This is truly a World heritage of humanity and one of the most important monuments of Mycenaean civilization.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Alex J wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia2,219 contributions217 helpful votes
The "Citadel" is really the ruins, well over 3000 years old, of the ancient city of Mycenae, glorified by Homer in the "Illiad" and the "Odessey". Homer himself lived nearly 3000 years ago, and most people thought of all that as pure myth, till the German archaeologist Schliemann excavated the site in the 1870's. The rest, as they say is history. This is a huge site, and it proved that Homer was not just spinning yarns. It is NOT something that would excite someone with no appreciation of history. It is not all that photogenic. You could get a reasonably good idea of the place if you have a decent travel guide. But, if you want a detailed explanation, a local guide is needed. We had a local guide and he gave a fascinating description. Very impressive. The "Treasury of Atreus" is at a completely different site, nearby. This is even older, dating back to 1300 BC. An amazing structure, it is also reputed to be Agamemnon's Tomb. Who was this dude? Well, look it up in Wikipedia, he was one of big shots in the Illiad. Too complicated to explain here! (there is even some doubt about whether Agamemnon even existed, but let that not deter you from seeing this place). It is a strange structure, shaped somewhat like a beehive. Truly amazing, perhaps the single most amazing thing I saw in the Peloponnese. As you stand inside the chamber, you marvel that all this is over 3300 years old !!!! You definitely don't need a guide here, just go and enter the massive chamber. If you have taken the trouble to go all the way to the Peloponnese, please don't miss these two sites!!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Wood77 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California1,823 contributions96 helpful votes
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We were awfully lucky to have an opportunity to visit this site on 2/26/2020 before Covid-19 virus contagion exploded worldwide and tourism got shut down. Also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon, this is an impressive structure. Contents were pillaged centuries ago. Shepards have used it as shelter. The smoke from their fires stained the masonry. Nonetheless it was a marvel of ancient engineering as each stone was perfectly cut and fit in place as they inclined toward the apex. There was also a massive stone located across the top of the door frame which leave one to wonder how the ancients did it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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