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Palace of Nestor, Chora

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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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  • Probably the most accessible archaeo site I’ve ever visited. It’s so well preserved and well presented it provides an excellent glimpse into the structure and inner workings of a royal Mycenaean... 
    Probably the most accessible archaeo site I’ve ever visited. It’s so well preserved and well presented it provides an excellent glimpse into the structure and inner workings of a royal Mycenaean...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • It was fairly quiet when we went. €6 to enter - there isn't a huge area to see but access is via an elevated walkway so it is a good aerial view of the site. There are plenty of information boards dotted about which give some history to elements of the palace, and beautiful illustrations of tman interpretation of the site at the time of its use.
  • The palace should be great before it was destroyed through the time. Today there are only ruins....rocks on the ground. Very pity and disappointed. The archaeologists have made a wonderful job in order to maintain the ruins and to give us a lot of information about the palace construction and its glorious history.

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