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The North Gate and city

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In my last post I shared a photo of the Lion’s Gate in Mycenae. Today I’m sharing the view from the middle of the city you can see the walls and various paths.

And below is another gate. The North Gate is much more simple than the Lion Gate, but it’s still a massive portal with a huge little holding the gate together.

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The Lion Gate

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The Lion Gate was the main entrance of Mycenae. It is over 3200 years old. Agamemnon, the Mycenae king and hero in the Iliad by Homer would have walked through this gate to start his travels to fight in Troy, and it was in Mycenae that upon returning from surviving a 10 year war in Troy he was murdered by his wife.

It is a massive structure and a remarkable feeling to trace the footsteps of people that have featured so much in the Greek epics.

Bourtzi Castle

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Bourtzi Castle is a lovely Venetian fortress in Naplio harbour. It was built in the 1400’s and was initially a prison and home of the chief executioner, and in the 1970’s it was a hotel, but now you can only go there for day visits. It’s lovely to look at from Naples harbour, and at night the whole island is lit up.

Old grader

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At first I thought this was an old tank, and I was wondering how it ended up in the middle of a field somewhere in Greece. I then realised that it’s just an old grader of sorts. But I still have no idea how it ended up there in the middle of that field?

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