Messene

A typically organized city

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MONKS' MONASTERY (ANDROMONASTERO)

Byzantine Messene

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NESTOR'S PALACE

The threshing floor of Deriziotis

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BYZANTINE BASILICA

From the ancient to the Byzantine sanctuary

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THE STADIUM (HEROON MAUSOLEUM OF SAITHIDAI)

Heroes and benefactors

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GYMNASIUM, BURIAL MONUMENT, PALAESTRA

The triad: Education, remembrance of heroes and wrestling

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THE ROMAN MANSION

The first exaggeration

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THE PROPYLON

Behold: the gates of the city

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THE ARCHIVE HOUSE

A hall of memory

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THE ASSEMBLY HALL (VOULEFTIRION)

The city's decisions

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ΤHE EKKLESIASTIRION

Political and aesthetic education

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ASCLEPIEION COMPLEX

Asclepieion: a site for healing, entertainment and witnessing passion

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THE CULT ROOM OF ARTEMIS ORTHIA

Artemis: Orthia and Phosphoros

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CITY PLANNING

Hippodamus' idea

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THE ITHOMI SANCTUARY

VOULCANO MONASTERY SANCTUARY OF ZEUS ITHOMATAS

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THE ΑGORA (MARKETPLACE) TEMPLES OF POSEIDON, APHRODITE AND CYBELE

The sacred site of the Agora

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THE ARSINOE FOUNTAIN

The Klepsydra spring saves the life of Zeus

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THE THEATRE

The "other" side of town

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FORTIFICATIONS - ARCADIAN GATE

The city's fortification: priority number one

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ANCIENT MESSENE

The "Kore" ("maiden")

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Arts & Crafts

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ARTISANS OF WOVEN AND SILK SCARVES

The silk road passes through Kalamata

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TRADITIONAL WOVEN TEXTILES

The scarf from Kalamata

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TRADITIONAL LEATHER SANDALS

Step by step

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PEOPLE AND PROFESSIONS

One could say that the main bread-winning occupations of the population of Messenia are two: tourism and olive oil production.

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MESSENIAN OINOUSSES

The Oinousses Trench

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CASTLE

Byzantine castle town

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KORONI / ΑSINI

Prosperous in past and present

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NIOCASTRO

The guard

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SHIPWRECKS OF NAVARINO BAY

Old shipwrecks and modern castaways

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PYLOS, MONUMENT OF THE THREE ADMIRALS AT THE BATTLE OF NAVARINO

Pylos of the monuments and the shipwrecks

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CHURCH OF METAMORFOSI (TRANSFIGURATION) OF OUR LORD THE SAVIOUR

From Aghia Sotira of Morias to Aghia Sophia of Constaninople

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THE SEA GATE

A gate passage

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STONE BRIDGE

Every arch, a different story

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BOURTΖΙ

A fortress and prison

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THE CASTLE

A fairytale castle

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METHONI

An intoxicating landscape

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KALAMATA

Kalamata today

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AGRITOURISM

The intangible cultural heritage of the Messenian diet

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THE CHURCH OF AGHIOS IOANNIS PRODROMOS (JOHN THE BAPTIST)

The view from the monastery

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TSIKLITIRAS MANSION

Accolades in sports and scientific research

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RAILWAY PARK: AN OUTDOOR MUSEUM

The train blasts its whistle

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THE BENAKEIO (FORMER ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM)

The former and current museum and the collection from Nichoria

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ΜUSEUM OF CHORA

Copies and inscriptions

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Gastronomy

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HONEY

Honey and immortality

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CHEESES

Talagani, grandmother's recipe

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OLIVE OIL

The civilization of the olive tree

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TRADERS / FARMERS / ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Balsamic vinegar and olives in vinegar brine

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Crete

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour

Sinarades-Corfu

Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour

Delphi

Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour

Eleusina

A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour

Epidavros

Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour

Messene

Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour

Mycenae

Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour
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