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Palace of Nestor

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Johanna
Hall in Tirol, Austria22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Absolutely worth a visit, text and illustrations makes it possible to imagine how it used to be. Easy to reach by car (even by camper) and to park, affordable entrance and the whole area very clean (even the toilets).
Written 8 October 2023
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Visitor_from_Athens
Athens, Greece279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The Palace of Nestor is the best preserved prehistoric Mycenaean palace. There is a small cafe, an interactive visitor center next to it that presents the background to the excavations and discusses their significance. THE SITE REOPENED SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
Written 22 July 2023
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1Downhiller
Lincoln, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Homer’s King Nestor is old, wise and the giver of legendary hospitality. When Oddyseus’ son Telemachus visits, he’s bathed by the King’s daughter, fed roasted meats and drinks wine from golden cups. Tellingly this brilliantly presented excavation shows us one of the world’s oldest bathtubs and not one but two ceremonial fireplaces for roasting. And archaeologists found over two thousand drinking cups (sadly pottery, not gold) in store rooms awaiting a banquet that never came.

Homer preserves some truths in story. This carefully curated dig tells the real story of a small but wealthy kingdom’s rise in the Bronze Age. The details bring a lost world to life: the little platforms where the King’s guards stood; the hearth where feasts were cooked; an entire building devoted to storing wine.

And the two rooms for the everyday administrative records the contents of which led to the deciphering of Linear B script.

Of course those clay tablets survived because they were baked hard in the fiery conflagration which ended this and many other cities in the Bronze Age Collapse. But in our own times this site - which is viewed under a vast shady roof from suspended elevated walkways and is wheelchair friendly - provides a window to a lost world which was one of the foundations stones of our own.
Written 23 June 2023
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HopMarjanneke
Hilversum, The Netherlands2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The site is open after renovation. The museum in nearby Chora is closed due to renovations. They put a lot of afford to the site explaining about the ruïnes. You just need a short visit. Views from the palace are amazing. There is a nice little café at the entrance, with some delious lemonade.
Written 27 April 2023
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Christie
London, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Probably the most accessible archaeo site I’ve ever visited. It’s so well preserved and well presented it provides an excellent glimpse into the structure and inner workings of a royal Mycenaean palace. If we take Homer at his word (and let’s say we do), it’s very moving to see (perhaps) ‘the’ bath, and easy to imagine king Nestor and his court with the buzz of visitors coming & going in the preparation for the war, walking through the colonnade doors towards the throne room. Several different rooms have been identified (ie., waiting room, larder etc) and everywhere we look there are small but incredibly visual details, it’s such a joy. Great explanation panels throughout makes it accessible for any level of interest. And walking around in the shade from the protective roof… sheer luxury.

The staff could not be kinder – wonderful to have a chat and hear the pride in their treasure. Finally, on your way in, don’t miss the exhibition room with an introduction to the era/period, and an excellent digital reconstruction video of the site.
Written 13 June 2022
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Demos J
Hamilton, Canada60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My son and I have been to Mycenae and the Menelaion near Sparta, so during a recent stay at Costa Navarino, we decided to visit the Palace of Nestor, in order to complete our tour of Mycenaean sites.

It was a short, pleasant drive from the resort. We went in the morning, but there were no crowds. The place was silent, with only a few other visitors.

Mycenaean sites seem to have a special energy, They were certainly well chosen, with sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape. The Palace of Nestor is no exception.

There are plenty of explanatory placards. If you're the kind of person that likes to read them all, it won't take very long, and you'll come away with a much better sense of the site. They're very well done.

We finished by visiting the tholos tomb, and were the only people there. The acoustics are interesting. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written 5 September 2021
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Laurence M
Frisco, TX769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
King Nestor’s Palace Archeological dig is excellently preserved and covered. Do not miss the tomb which is separate from the palace. Glad we did not miss this.
Written 17 August 2021
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Mike H
Manningtree, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Ever since reading Iliad and Odyssey, and finding Nestors palace when looking for holiday spots in Greece I have wanted to come here - and the site did not disappoint. The new addition of the viewing platform and roof at once protect the site and provide a great viewing experience. Handy information boards explain the context of the rooms and the palace lay-out - and details of its rise and demise.

And - the drinks/icecream kiosk is great - provides a shady place to sit and take in the view down the valley to "Sandy Pylos" and beyond
Written 11 August 2021
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surya77
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The viewing platform, which is brilliantly designed to 'hang over' the excavated area, makes it so much easier and more comfortable (no sun on one's head) for visitors to walk around and study the ruins of the Palace from above.
There are signs with explanations about each different room.
From the higher vantage point, one can also appreciate Nestor's brilliant choice of location for his Palace. He had a view all the way towards the sea and the various bays.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit
Written 15 November 2020
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pgalpin
Kirton in Lindsey, UK658 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Yet again TA has it wrong and this place is open. If historic sites are your thing and you in the area it’s worth a quick stop but probably not the €6 each to get in. However there is a combined ticket giving access to other places which would be better value. One good thing, the toilets are right beside the car park and very clean. You can use them without actually entering the site.
Written 17 September 2020
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