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Palace of Nestor, Chora

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Castle · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Palace of Nestor (Modern Greek: Ανάκτορο του Νέστορα (Dimotiki); Ἀνάκτορον Νέστορος (Katharevousa)) was an important centre in Mycenaean times, and described in Homer's Odyssey and Iliad as Nestor's kingdom of "sandy Pylos".
The palace featured in the story of the Trojan War, as Homer tells us that Telemachus:

The site is the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace discovered. The palace is the primary structure within a larger Late Helladic era settlement, once probably surrounded by a fortified wall. The palace was a two-storey building with store rooms, workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system.

The settlement had been long occupied with most artifacts discovered dating from 1300 BC. The palace complex was destroyed by fire around 1200 BC.

In June 2016, the site re-opened to the public after the roof was replaced by a modern structure with raised walkways for visitors.
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  • My son and I have been to Mycenae and the Menelaion near Sparta, so during a recent stay at Costa Navarino, we decided to visit the Palace of Nestor, in order to complete our tour of Mycenaean...  more »
  • King Nestor’s Palace Archeological dig is excellently preserved and covered. Do not miss the tomb which is separate from the palace. Glad we did not miss this.  more »
  • Worth every moment. Every corner you look at is a place where people lived, loved and imagine the future. An that happened almost 4 thousand years ago.
  • Fascinating to look at these ancient ruins of the palace and to try to imagine its past glories. The whole site is undercover of a huge canopy to shield you from the sun, and you walk along an elevated walkway just metres above the ruins. There are toilets on site and adequate facilities for wheelchairs, such as parking, entrance and ramps. There's also a lift to the walkway. Entrance is paid – 6 Euros, kids free.

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