Mycenae is an ancient city within Greece that's located six miles from the city of Argos. Mycenae was an important city in ancient times. It was home to many leaders who helped mold the history of Greece. Mycenae is full of mythical legends--powerful gods and goddesses.
History lovers will enjoy casually walking through the ancient stone passageways in Mycenae. It truly is a mysterious location within Greece. I'd recommend planning some time to visit the museum.
Many priceless artifacts from ancient Mycenae have been extracted and are now on display today for your viewing pleasure. Dare I say, it's impossible to get bored at the museum.
It is Greece, so mythology encapsulates the area. The citadel in Mycenae, which was constructed to protect against invasion, features sturdy walls of stone. Greece legend says that these walls were so impenetrable that only Cyclops could move them.
To get into the Mycenae citadel, you'll enter the appropriately named Lion's Gate, which is over 3,000 years old. The ancient city is 15 miles from the modern part of Mycenae. It was constructed between 1300-1200 B.C and it still stands--in part--today. Unfortunately, the majestic lions of Lion's Gate are now headless, but their mystique remains.
After passing through the Lion's Gate, you'll be in the ancient city where you will find such sights as the ancient grave circles. They once housed priceless golden treasures, but today those items are stored in the National Archeological Museum of Athens.
Excavation is an on-going process. Don't be surprised if you see this activity while you tour Mycenae. To gain access to the ancient city, you'll need 6 euro. It's a small price to pay to be immersed in history. As with any walking venture, carry plenty of water with you--especially during the hot periods. And your trip into the ancient city won't be complete without a stop at the souvenir shop.
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