Thursday, November 14, 2019

Archeological Museum in Napflion

 A couple of hours spent time travelling back to 6,000BC and then travelling forward in time at the  Archaeological Museum in Napflion. Images below .... not in chronological order.
I love seeing what the ancestors were making BCE.
And here they all are, out of context and being examined by us in this post modern, technological age, and we are still swooning over their beauty.

 The glassware above is around 500BC!!!

These sisters above are from 7th - 6th century BC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jewellery from the 1500 - 1400 BCE

Misty morning at Napflion

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


 Monemvasia is a medieval town on an island linked by a causeway. There is foot traffic only in the town. It is very very hilly.

Below is the entrance to the town.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Church of St. Sophia, in the grounds of the ruined castle of Methoni

 Within the grounds of the castle of Methoni is the the Byzantine church of St. Sophia built in 1714.

Methoni Castle near Pylos

The Castle of Methoni is a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni. It was built by the Venetians in the early 1209 on a rocky promontory. It is among the largest ones in the Mediterranean. The area that it covers is huge - nearly 38 hectares

It leads down to the sea.
On various parts of the fortification there are Venetian emblems with the winged lion of St. Mark and inscriptions. 

Apparently the winged lion of Venice was ensconced on this pillar below

This is a view from the top part of the peninsula... what you can see ahead is all part of the castle grounds.
I has attached to it this building (below) that served as a prison and place of executions during the Turkish Occupation, was built in 1500 and is connected to the Sea Gate of the castle with a paved tiny road.
The aerial image below is from the web.
The images bwlow are mine: it is hard to get an idea of the scale.

Nestor's Palace near Pylos

The Palace of Nestor is the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace discovered. It was an important centre in Mycenaean times and dates from 1300 BC. It features in Homer's Odyssey and Iliad as Nestor's kingdom of "sandy Pylos".
The palace featured in the story of the Trojan War, as Homer tells us that Telemachus:
went to Pylos and to Nestor, the shepherd of the people, and he received me in his lofty house and gave me kindly welcome, as a father might his own son who after a long time had newly come from afar: even so kindly he tended me with his glorious sons.[3]
The palace was a two-storey building with store rooms, workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system.
This is how it looked then according to artists.


And some lovely decorations......

The palace complex was destroyed by fire around 1200 BC. And this is what it looks like today.

Below is bathtub that was used by the queen!