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Archaeological Site Mycenae
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Mycenae
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had great anticipation and Lion's Gate did not disappoint. However, many tour groups and only explanations were on information boards scattered amongst ruins. BRING a Flashlight (I was told by the ticket agent incorrectly that one was not needed). There is a spot where you can climb down into complete darkness. I made it a little way but had to turn back as I had no light. Don't forget to stop down the road to check out burial chamber. A long drive from Athens.

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

This site was uncovered in 1874, and is well worth visiting. Entry is made through The Lion Gate and this takes its name from the lions carved above the lintel. Just after entry one comes across one one of the grave circles, this one containing nineteen Royal Family bodies.
At the southern end of the site is The Treasury of Atreus dating from the 14th century BC, the inside of which looks like a beehive. It is said that Agamemnon is buried here but this claim is open to doubt. A 30 feet long lintel stone weighing approximately 120 tonnes stands over the entrance, and nobody knows how this great weight was lifted into place.
The walk to the top of the hill is a must for the views, and the museum is worth looking at.
Highly recommended.

1  Thank Angela S
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

This was another amazing site if you are interested in Greece’s ancient history..
the beehive grave site was really interesting. It definitely looked taller inside than from the outside/.
The Lions Gate was a feat to build.

Thank jcunningh1
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

There are better ruins in Greece. If it happens to pass by it’s ok to pay it a visit but not worth to make a wide detour.
The place is packed, cant even find parking, there is quite a hike to get to see something exciting up on the hill and the entrance fee for the site and the treasury across the street is very steep. Especially that the treasury is just one empty overcrowded structure. I am not ignorant, I love history and culture but with all due respect this, to me, does not make the “Must See” list in Greece. There are many other attractions that will blow your mind away, this one is not one of them even for an enthusiastic and motivated individual.

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

This site is a must-see as far as I am concerned. Seeing the lion's gate was epic! It does require a hike to see the entire site, but it was well worth it. It was amazing to see how sophisticated and smart they were back in the first and second millenium BCE. The cyclopean walls were fascinating. Do not miss the spooky water sistern cave towards the north-east/back of the site. It goes down for quite awhile and gets very cold down there. It seemed haunted.

Don't miss the Treasury of Atreus across the street! Your ticket to ancient Mycenae will get you into that as well. We missed it and had to go back because that was also surreal.

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes. Expect to hike a lot. Don't miss the museum. Wear sunblock and a hat. It gets extremely hot during the day, even in April.

1  Thank Fuchsiagrl
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