After an overnight stay in Nafplio, we visited the archaeological site of Mycenae in the Argolis region of Peloponnese. It was early October, typically low season for tourists, our favorite time of year to vacation in Greece. We looked forward to a quiet stroll around the citadel.

Our exploration of Mycenae started at the archaeological museum which was empty but for a few other folks browsing the displays of artifacts. After we finished at the museum, we followed a young couple along a path leading to the Lion Gate and Grave Circle A.

After passing through the grand Lion Gate, we gazed up the hill to the citadel where we observed a parade of tourists zigzagging their way down a hilly path. The group slowly filed past us on their way back to the Lion Gate, their destination a parking lot filled with tourist buses. I was speechless to say the least, having expected to have the place to ourselves. Silly me.

Before long, the parade of people emptied out of the citadel. We breathed a sigh of relief and relished the quiet solitude of the ancient site. All became right in our world.

 

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae:

 

About Mycenae:

Mycenae (Μυκήνες) is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. The fortified citadel is nested over the fertile plain of Argolis near the Argolic Gulf in northeast Peloponnese. Mycenae is the largest and most important center of civilization and was named “Mycenaean” after this very citadel.  The Mycenaean culture dominated mainland Greece, the Aegean islands, and the shores of Asia Minor during the late Bronze Age era (circa 1600-1100 BCE).

For more information about the history of Mycenae check out the website Ancient-Greece.org.

 

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