Un Jour in Megara, Corinth, and Argolis
Have you ever heard of this ancient greek historical places, if you’re a fan of Greek Mythology or Greek history?
You might already have read about them, It all started with a curiosity at the beginning at it turns out to be more and more intense of the stories or myth behind this mysterious country Greece.
Have you ever questioned yourself between reality and the myth about the Goddess, Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Hector, Paris, Adonis, Apollo and many other known names?
Even if we go into details about the past and history of Greece some of this names will come out. how come people from the ancient period mentioned the goddesses and drag it til the future?
What is really the connection between this two different worlds? did Zeus really existed? did Athena herself was the Queen of the City of Athens? what if Gods really existed? what if there are still some demigods out there trying to survive themselves in this fierce world.
Well all I can say is lets keep it as a mystery, every world has a secret, let it be, leave it like that. who knows one day someone out there will unleash the truth behind every enigma in this world.
View on the road
A week in Athens wasn’t really enough to tour all the corners of it, all the beautiful scenery, the people, the culture, its treasures, its ruins, its history.
It was pretty tough to have a short time in this beautiful city. itsbeen decided that the last day would be visiting the so-called Peloponnese part of western Greece. On the road to Sparta there were incredible, stunning, and wonderful temple/ruins to be discovered.
Sunny morning we’re heading to west Attica direction, we happen to take the non toll roads. where you need to take the short and normal roads of the village and after we had a quick stop in Megara.
It was a fine view of Megara Gulf, the ocean was blue the other islands was clearer as I can imagine. Since I’m a fan of greek mythology I know who is Megara but for the real city that’s existing I havent heard anything special yet.
In this city a part from its outstanding picturesque seaside, the Saint Constantine and Helen church, the rest is yet to research.
During our quick stop at Megara, I have at least took some magnificent photos of the Megara Gulf and its surroundings.
On the left side as you can see its the trail way and from far island view are Islands of Makronosis, Revithousa, and Salamina.
Islands View from the gulf
Near Ancient Corinth there is a bridge connecting Corinth to Athens, there were superb photos that I found online and I really wanna see it with my own eyes.
Unfortunately we passed on the other side of the bridge which I haven’t had a good angle in the car to take a picture. it was desperate sadness not to have even one picture of it.
Meanwhile we continued our adventure, taking up the toll-free roads to Corinth City. we actually got confuse because the city Corinth and there’s also Ancient Corinth, instead we went to Corinth.
Arriving at the place it was kinda bizarre cause the place is pretty modernize, a lot of cars, building were like same in Athens.
I recheck the address on the GPS and it was actually the right one, but Ancient added. As we tried with Ancient Corinth and there I found the real address was pretty far from where we are, it’s actually 20 minutes drive more to the Temple of Apollo.
At last after about an hour and half of searching this place finally we have found it. It’s normally an hour drive from Athens but since we had some circumstances causing to be more delayed than expected.
Archaological Site Of Corinth And Temple of Apollo
In this site can be found not just only the Temple of Apollo but as well as the remains/ruins of the Corinth itself. The beauty of this ancient city hasnt faded even once, even to its archeological parameters it has quite dramatic.
According to Greeks Temple of Apollo is one of the best examples of Doric Building in the greek world.
Getting to the inside was interesting, it was a big space in the midst of nowhere, only houses and normal buildings around. As we landed in the area, paid 6 euros for entrance fee and get to discover the museum and its collection from the Ancient City located where you are.
Temple of Apollo
A great way to start the day it was already pas 11:00 am and now here we are roaming, searching, discover this antic site part of the Ancient city.
The view of this temple is splendid I could say that it has the perfect 7 columns left standing after all this decades. I could imagine and feel the houses built before, the roads, the people, if I close my eyes I feel like I’m in the middle of the film from Hercules or Odyssey.
Close View of the Temple
As they’ve said romans were very keen of water, fountains and running water are their favourites. that’s perhaps the answer why researcher have digged out from their excavations more of vases, pots, and other things that mostly related to water.
Corinth was one of the famous city for its pottery, that explains why I saw a lot of pottery collection from different stages and designs.
The inside of the Museum
Corithian Order Columns in Ancient Corinth
Corinthian Order is one of the three classical orders of Greek and Roman architecture, the others are Doric Order and Ionic Order, Corinthian was one of the most difficult of the three showing how luxurious lifestyle and the wealth of the city.
Adoring this remains might be the easiest work to do but making them will take maybe a century to meet its perfection.
Meanwhile on the farther northern part of the site was a total beauty with its pure and solitude ambiance features of remains. Corinth was once considered as the “city of luxury” because of its wealth. its pretty obvious as you can see the richness of the architectural foundation.
It makes me wonder how have they actually build the temples at the first place. then how did they come up with this structural ideas for their houses, roads, ports, and others. It’s largely impressive.
A view of Acrocorinth
The monolithic rock hilltop at the back is called Acrocorinth means “Upper Corinth” it is the acropolis of the Ancient Corinth.
It is one of the most popular site of the city since it has been the most impressive Acropolis/high city of mainland Greece but unfortunately its my first time travelling without a lot of information from the western part of Greece.
I havent had the time to research and I slipped this information, even after the visit. we went to a restaurant nearby ordered some greek dishes and ask for some other sites that we might visit and the man said “you must visit Mycenae”
Though the visit has taken about an hour plus lunch, it was practically 2:00 pm. when we decided to go with no hesitations, we rather directly drive out and hence our next destination is Mycenae it is.
Symmetrical view of mountains
Continuing our toll-free road at the time being, enormous mountains were in front of us, its symmetrical angles are surely charming, the curves, lines, and its forms were almost identical.
Lucky to have this view for another 45 minutes drive going to our next stop I’m sufficiently ready for this next adventure.
Finally arrived at this place, roads were not that difficult to follow although it was calm not a lot of vehicles around.
mostly I can see was tour buses and motorcycles from locals. the ruins and museums are located on the top of the hill as expected I can sense a wonderful story to be discovered here, I’m very excited.
Mycenae is an archeological site consist of the classical temple and ruins, the grave circle A, citadel of Mycenae, and museum its located near Mikines in Greece. The lion’s gate will be the first thing you will see upon entering the main entrance of the bronze age citadel of Mycenae.
The entrance fee is 6 euros person access of Mycenae and Treasury of Atreus. but if you’re a student is free or being in a group it’ll be more cheaper.
View from the inside
Grave Circle A
As you go to the right side after the entrance you’ll find this noticeable circle form of ruins. it is called the Grave Circle A, a royal cemetery situated to the south of lion’s gate.
After climbing up you’ll see a beautiful panorama of the place with the view of the citadel, the mountains surrounding it and the ruins above all.
I have read the citadel facts about its time-consuming construction process,
The Minimum stone required: 145,215 Cu.M or 14,420 average stones (10 tons) that will actually take 2.125 days to move a 1 block of stone.
Imagine how long will it take to build a citadel like this. It’s really amazing how ancient people live their lives like this.
Walking around the area til its exit gate was exhausting, the place is very interesting. if you’re a fan of new discoveries, reading while walking, this one is perfect for you.
Of course reading all the details of every single piece of stone that you may see is really annoying. but once you followed the story you’ll become part of it and you’ll surely never stop reading until you’ll be totally satisfied.
The Secret Door
As we go on, we bump into a cave like passage where you can go down using the stairs. at first it looks creepy but once you got in you’ll different it was like being with the Mycenean people working and doing their job.
I light up my phone lamp and go one until the dead-end well not really its just that it’s stated “no enter” so I guess that’s means you cannot go on anymore.
Lion Tholos Tomb
After nearly finishing the tour of the citadel, the tomb of Lion Tholos was on the way. it’s mostly known as “Beehive Tomb” its a kind of burial structure having a false dome that resembles a beehive.
The last highlight is the Museum, personally its more like normal for me. since I got to visit tons of Museums everywhere but I guess the Museum of Mycenae is special for its very calm and detailed.
Its more of a place where you can relax while walking around reading some information about Greece’s history.
Treasury of Atreus
But lastly there’s one more archeological site that we must visit, its situated not to far from Mycenae.
its 5 mins drive it’s called the Tomb of Agamemnon hearing this name reminds of the “Helen of Troy” movie does it reminds you too?
If yes you know what I mean but for the sake of those who doesn’t have any idea from the movie Agamemnon. He the king of Mycenae or Argos the brother of Menelaus the king of Mycenaean Sparta the husband of Helen of Troy.
It’s also a Beehive/tholos tomb, one of the largest actually on the Panagitsa Hill of Mycenae. its known for its lintel stone above the doorway which weights 120 tons that makes an extreme dimension of the door.
Makes it the largest of the world and its monumental shape and grandeur it is one of the most impressive monuments.
According to some information that I’ve found, Agamemnon doesn’t have anything to do about this tomb. it was the german archeologist Heinrich Schliemann who named this place and thus the name was use ever since.
To end the day a sweet sunset view was the last perfect piece to make it indescribable, for me this one is one of the special tour that I’ve done. I call it a Lazy Traveller’s Way of discovering other places. I’m not a professional traveller nor a professional Nomad. I am simply a human who wants to enjoy my designated limited vacations and making the best out of it.
For those who want to discover other place near Athens it’ll be magnificent. Just don’t forget your suitable shoes and comfortable clothes, especially light ones cause the weather is very hot.
If you’re travelling via car, better pack up your own food and drinks. It’ll be cheaper or even via bus bring a backpack with your food and drink on.
To summarize all of my experiences from Athens to Argolis it was 100 percent fantastic. Though there were more places we could have visited. If I managed to plan it before it started but no regrets at all.
The food, the places, the people, it was all worth it.I totally recommend you to spend a week or more and delve into the inner history of Greece.
Score : 8.8/10