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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?

Cathedral Of Saint Nectarios

The Church Of Saint Nectarios in Aegina is a surprisingly modern building. It was built in the 1970’s, but its history goes further back than that – the ministry dates back from the early 1900’s.

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It is a lovely quiet and peaceful place to wonder around, or to sit and contemplate in the shaded walkways. The monastery was built in 1904, you can easily visit the ministry by climbing the stairs at the back of the main building, and that is where you can find the relics of Saint Nectarios. Saint Nectarios is a well-known Greek saint, and when you visit the much smaller ministry it can get a little more crowded with many people visiting the relics.

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I love the pastel terracotta colours of the buildings, they feel so much cooler in the hot Greek weather.

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