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“Greek History”
Review of Ancient Messini

Ancient Messini
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Messini
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A large area of, partialy restored excavation temple, stadium and Asclepios site. Can be easy combine with a museum visit.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Only stayed in Finikounda for one week so didn't plan to do any trips but this one seemed interesting and we are glad we went.
The people of the area were the farmer slaves to the Spartans and on the fall of Sparta decided never to be slaves again so built this fortified city with double gates, all of which lay hidden under silt for many years.
You have the feeling that you are on a "Time Team" site as you stand and watch the archaeologists at work, wondering if they will strike lucky while you are there - apparently a skeleton had been revealed a month before our visit.
We discussed in the taverna later, and both agreed, that we have caught the site at a young age, that it would become more popular and more commercial in years to come and that 5 Euros for the whole site and small museum was excellent value.
Beware only of the fact that you don't realise just how far down the valley you are wandering until you turn to go back up the hill in the heat.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Ancient Messini is an impressive archeological site. Many important parts of the town have been restored (theatre, agora, stadium) and the visitor has the opportunity to imagine how it must have looked like centuries ago. Moreover excavation works are still taking place so you can see the archeologists at work and ask them your questions. The landscape is also beautiful, full of the famous Kalamata olive trees.

Thank KstsT
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My 3 weeks in Greece included visits to ALL the ancient sites I could squeeze in. Messini ranks with Dilos, Olympia, Delfi and Meteora for having lots to see, well ahead of more heralded sites like (everything in) Athens, Epidavros, Corinth and so on where you find yourself looking at a few columns and building foundations. Make the trip south from Nafplion, add Dimitsana, Mystras and Voidakilia Beach on your way to Olympia and Delfi, it's worth the 2 additional days..

1  Thank BillSmart1
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The excavations of this Ancient city are going on by Professor Themelis and many places have been restored. It is 10 times better than Ancient Olympia with many ancient buildings. This summer the works of the Theater were finished and it opened after 2300 years. The Museum is amazing!!!

Thank Iridaresort
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