The Palace of Nestor

near Marathopoli





The palace of famous king of Pylos, Nestor

The palace complex consists of four buildings , including a number of apartments . Impressive are colored frescoes decorating the interior, as well as the fact that the palace was not surrounded by a protective wall ever since the place was enough to provide adequate protection . The palace seems completely destroyed by fire in the 12th century BC , but manages to retain a plurality of ceramic sign that provide important information about the economic, social and religious life during the Mycenaean period . Visitors to the area can also see the tomb attributed to Nestor and his successor , Thrasymedes , discovered near the palace , as well as all the archaeological finds from excavations , exposed in the Chora Museum .



Ο μυκηναϊκός πολιτισμός αναπτύχθηκε κατά την περίοδο 1700 – 1001 π.Χ. σε διάφορα μέρη του ελλαδικού χώρου. Αρχαιολογικά ίχνη του εντοπίστηκαν για πρώτη φορά στην περιοχή των Μυκηνών, από όπου και πήρε το όνομά του. Ανάμεσα στα σημαντικότερα ευρήματα που μας κληροδότησε ο λαμπρός αυτός πολιτισμός, συγκαταλέγονται οι θολωτοί τάφοι και τα μεγαλοπρεπή ανάκτορα.

The palace of the legendary King of Pylos , Nestor , belongs to this category of the Mycenaean palaces , and indeed is the best preserved of all you have discovered throughout Greece . Located 4 km south of the village of Chora on the hill Top Englianos 14 km from Pylos. The palace was built in the 13th century BC by King Nestor , son of Neleus , who is mentioned several times in Homer , holding an important position in the Homeric epics . Nestor Pylos led to the Trojan War with 90 ships and presented by Homer as wise elder , to whose opinion is always respected the Achaeans .


The first investigations to identify the mythical palace was started in 1888 by Heinrich Schliemann, who had some suspicions about its location , but failed to detect it. That was in 1939 by Constantine Kourouniotis , who along with Carl Bergen conducted intensive excavations until unearthed the first findings of the palace. The Second World War II put a damper on excavations for some time , and started again in 1952 . Though the bulk of the palace has already come to light , investigations continued today with the participation of the University of Cincinnati, USA.


The numerous archaeological finds from the site of the Palace of Nestor kept at the Archaeological Museum of Hora.




How to get


Driving through EO9 • 18,1 chm.25 min.



Marathópoli is one of the most beautiful corners of Messinia.


Proti Island

Proti Island with the monastery of Panagia Gorgopigi.



It is 15 km from the palace of the legendary King Nestor of ancient Greece and also 15 km from the Museum of the Mycenaean period in the Country.


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