The Menelaion, Sparta

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The archaeological site of Menelaion (translit. Menelaeion) is located approximately 5 km from the modern city of Sparti. The geographical structure of this site includes a hill complex (Northern hill, Menelaion, Profitis Ilias and Aetos). The archaic name of the place is mentioned as Therapne.
Fluvial deposits of the valley of Eurotas, mild climate and low hills which protect the area, are forming the general geographical and geological context of the archaeological site which revealed few Middle Helladic findings on the Northern hill and major settlement of the Mycenaean period in the Menelaion.
It is considered that Helen appeared initially in Homeric epic poetry, circa 8th century BCE. Besides epos, she appears in lyric poetry, in history, in theatrical plays, even in rhetorical exercises. Helen, and her husband Menelaus, belong to a large group of heroes and heroines worshiped throughout Greece. These heroes, heroines and their cults have already been studied in classical archeology and philology and shape the ideology of a particular period of worshipping heroes in ancient Greece
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  • Well worth a visit. Beautiful spot surrounded by olive and pine trees. Panoramic views of the entire valley. Interesting structure, looks like the Romans had a go at fixing it up at some stage... 
    Well worth a visit. Beautiful spot surrounded by olive and pine trees. Panoramic views of the entire valley. Interesting structure, looks like the Romans had a go at fixing it up at some stage...  more »
  • Took a taxi from Sparta,5min.to a small church. Then 15min walk up to top. Not much left of the Menelaion but beautiful view to Sparta and the mountains. No enterance fee. Nice spot in the springtime. 
    Took a taxi from Sparta,5min.to a small church. Then 15min walk up to top. Not much left of the Menelaion but beautiful view to Sparta and the mountains. No enterance fee. Nice spot in the springtime.  more »
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  • While the place itsself is really nice to spend some time, it is not meant to be a touristic attraction. I highly recommend leaving the car at the small church, and hiking further up. The roads are abysmal
  • The road is indeed as bad as thru say. But totally worth the visit. It has an ancient vibe. Beautiful view.

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