mycenae

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.

The Cistern of Mycenae

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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

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