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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I love the pastel terracotta colours of the buildings, they feel so much cooler in the hot Greek weather.
No, I am not posting a picture of a toilet. This cistern supplied water to the ancient city of Mycenae around 1600 BCE. It collected water from a spring and sent it under the city for use. You can still walk quite far through the tunnel under the city