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Palace of Nestor, Chora

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The Palace of Nestor (Modern Greek: Ανάκτορο του Νέστορα) 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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  • Being an enthusiast for Mycenaean sites, Nestor’s Palace was an absolute must to visit. It’s about an hour’s drive from Kalamata. The site has parking, WC facilities and a gift shop and cafe, both of which were closed on this mid November Thursday. There is a nice set up of posters in Greek and English informing you of some of what has been discovered here. This place, in fact, was the source of the single largest find of Linear B texts. The site is covered and has a walkway that allows you to look in. There already some amazing views of the nearby mountains and coast, too. It’s well worth the time to visit, particularly if you are into Bronze Age history or Homeric tales.
  • Great place to visit, clean and well run. The gift shop/Cafe on the way in and out has fantastic iced coffee (frappe) and our kids really enjoyed the homemade local lemonade, all reasonably priced.

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