Messinia Archaeology

Other interesting archaeological sites

Graves of the Dioscuri in Kardamili
Ancient Thouria


The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.
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In reality, there are two castles on Navarino Bay near Pylos, the older being Paliokastro (literally old castle) built by the Franks and the more recent being Niokastro (literally new castle) built by the Ottomans.
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Located in the Eglianos region some four kilometres south of Chora, the palace of Nestoras dates as far back as the 13th century BC with five principle buildings, compared in grandeur to Tiryns and Mycenae.
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Built on mount Kotilio at 1130 meters, the temple of Epicurius Apollo lies around 14 kilometres south of Andritsaina and was built between 420 to 400 BC where another temple from archaic times once stood.
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