Messene sprung out of the victory over Sparta and became the capital of the region of Messinia. It is perhaps the largest archaeological site in the country, including a stadium, remains of a large theatre, parts of the market town, watch towers, walls and much more. The original wall around the city of Messene was 9 kilometres long, heralded as an architectural gem that has been very well preserved. Several towers guard the wall and ensure its safety, such as the well-known Arcadian Gate which is a must-see for visitors.
In Messene, you can visit the local museum to see the Asklepieion, considered both a Doric temple and the temple of Artemis and Zeus. You will also come across the Arsinoe fountain and a pre-Christian church.