Nekromanteion Acheron
Nekromanteion Acheron
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HealerJack
Great Malvern, UK89 contributions
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We visited many places in and around Parga, and despite the fact this is a temple to the dead, it is simply incredible. The massive stones which comprise the walls and buildings, the eerie church, and the setting [high on a hill] all add to the tangible atmosphere built up over two millenia.
The 'highlight' is going down into the place where [if I've got this right] people talked through an oracle to their 'passed' [dead] relatives and friends. The tomb-like room is lit and my wife and I [who both can and do communicate with people 'in spirit'] both felt and heard [in our heads, before you get the impression this place is off limits] the anguish of loss.
Neither of us felt scared or spooked [but then we wouldn't], just in awe. And when we went, it had just been raining, and the overcast sky gave a brillant backdrop.
The two euros entrance fee is typically Greek. You could charge five times that and still have a visit to remember. The facility needs some leaflets and information, and the church roof needs repairing [it was closed when we went], but let none of this deter you.

You will never forget your visit here. You may also expand your mind.
Amazing!
Written 2 July 2010
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traveller1959
Düsseldorf, Germany3,167 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Family
The Nekromanteion is a must-see for anyone who is interested in ancient Greek mythology. You find a geographically accurate description in Homer's Odyssee, when the hero dug a pit on a rock between two rivers in order to listen to the Dead souls who were telling the future.

Later, an impressive building complex was erected above the pit, which was extended to an underground hall. Today, almost everything of these structures is clearly visible: There is the surrounding wall for protection, a courtyard where the pilgrims attended preparatory ceremonies, adjoining rooms for accomodation of priests and pilgrims. Then, you go to the inner sanctuary through a corridor that winds around the complex on three sides, the last stretch being labyrinthic before you reach the gate. Behind the gate, you find the hall, where you could listen to the dead souls.

There are several chambers, where food was stored in large jars, which have been reconstructed.

But the most impressive part of the building is the underground hall. You go down steep stairs and you find yourself inside the Hades. It is a crypt which is supported by 15 arches. The construction is unique and rather strange-looking, because it was built in a way to create a ceiling which was as thin as possible, so the voices of the Dead could be heard in the hall above. In the ancient times, there was no access to the underground room which was a lounge for the Dead. Interesting is also the floor of the crypt. It is rough bedrock and full of crevices, which allowed the Dead to emerge from the Hades into this room.

Finally, do not forget to notice the polygonal masonry which was typical for sacred buildings (you also find it at the oracle of Delphi).

The findings from the site are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Ioaninna, a most recommendable museum anyway.

The oracle site (which was destroyed by the Romans) was later Christianised by building a church on top (currently not accessible). There is also a former Ottoman mansion, which houses an exhibition with information about the site, the history and the excavations. So, you find masonry from three historic periods on one site.

BTW, when you drive to the site, do not follow the first signs to the Nekromanteion. Drive through the village and around the hill to the parking lot for cars which is right at the entrance of the site.
Written 18 September 2018
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Julius S
44534 Lünen4 contributions
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Sept 2011 • Couples
It is on the top of a hill with beautiful views and it is a must see. It would be good to get information by a guide or a brochure so that you get knowledges about all historical details.
Sorry, but this year the church was closed because of restauration.

The Oracle of Ephyra is not far away from Parga. I takes only 1/2 of hour to go by car to this buildings.

After visiting you must go to the delta of Acheron River to enjoy the best Souflakies directly at the river at the third restaurant (from seaside).

Enjoy
Written 14 October 2011
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Richardinbath
Bristol, UK75 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Family
We visited this site for the first time in 13 years, and both the interpretation and the facilities have improved significantly.

The toilet facilities are modern and also cater for the disabled. as well as modern interpretation panels a member of staff is also on site to explain key areas and answer questions.

The price of admission has increased significantly as well. In June 2018 standard admission was 8 Euros, although students and others may receive free admission.
Written 4 July 2018
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sunbird25
sussex england155 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Couples
On our recent trip to Parga we hired a car (3 days 120.00 Euros-Citroen C1-pay on credit card, check mileage allowance and insurance cover, we went through Avis in Parga Town and the service was excellent) and this was on our list of 'must sees'. its about a 30 min drive from Parga, down the E55 road, which you will come in on when you transfer to Resort from Preveza airport. It is well signed from this main road and not hard to find.

If you are going its worth reading some proper information, e.g. a Guide book- not just Trip Advisor reviews, as this place has lots of History and the story of its function is fascinating- other wise you may feel let down, as its not a grand archaeological site.

Driving on the Mainland was not as bad as I feared, roads and signage are pretty good, and roads are not madly busy- but do get a good map, not the printed one from the hire people, they are not much good!

it is 6 euros per adult and 3e for kids (I believe)
its not a huge site,, though there is a walk through the woodland area (the secondary route), where we saw wild Tortoises Lizards Birds and all sorts of wildlife, which was nice.
When we were the church was closed due to repair work, but the restored house and remains of the site were accessible, and you can go down to the chamber underground.
Its not creepy, but it is I feel atmospheric.

There are some information boards around the site giving relevant details.

The site was busy, but not crowded on the day we went, and its best to check its opening hours as some sites in Greece are closed on Mondays.

Nearby is the Acheron River, popularly believed to be the River Styx, the route to Hades,(Don't pay the Ferryman etc !! )- which is possibly why the Nekromanteion was built where it was- and there are several places you can go to see this pretty river, with its amazingly coloured waters - either to Ammoudia (on the Coast)- worth a visit any way as it is a lovely beach with a few lovely Tavernas - and, from here, you can do a boat trip up the river to see the Caves (no prices I am afraid as we didn't do this, but lots of boats offering trips, so you can probably negotiate) -where the entrance to Hell allegedly is- and which is where the Acheron flows into the sea
- or follow the signs to the Acheron Springs, very picturesque and worth going to ,there are some sort of horse riding trips up the river from here, but I have no info for those I'm afraid.

Look out for my other reviews which will be for Nikopolis, Arta, Anthousa and Dodoni
Written 16 June 2016
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ABRAHAM T
Athens, Greece144 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a very interesting archaeological site that is worth visiting if you wish to get a better feel for the continuity of historical narrative in the area
Written 13 June 2016
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Lumousi
Helsinki, Finland76 contributions
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May 2016 • Couples
The area was surprisingly small. and the ruins were not as impressive as I was expecting. I was hoping that the Greek mythology would come alive in the place, but unfortunately it didn't happen. The only place that moved my imagination was the main underground tunnel, but it is impressive only if you visit there alone or with few people.

The surrounding nature is beautiful, and I recommend you to rent a car and drive around. Combine this historical site at least with the Acheron river, and the town of Ammoudia is also worth a visit.

The entrance fee, 8 € for an adult, was too much in my opinion. I hope they use the money well to preserve the area.
Written 17 May 2016
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Linda T
Stockholm, Sweden544 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The museum was not open, so there was not much information. THe view is stunning. This is a good add on to the Acheron River tour, but would not really be worth going if it is your only destination.
Written 29 May 2015
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Manchester72
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Apparently the gate to he underworld but it just looked like a beautiful old building and foundations. All covered in wild flowers with amazing views.
Written 21 May 2014
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junebugcity
Melksham, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
This place is ancient.I placed some coins in the underground cavern to show my respect, this is a sacred place & you have the feeling of being watched by those long dead. This is still THEIR place....there is no ill feeling towards outsiders, just be courtious
Written 18 September 2013
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