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Ancient Messene



Destination type:

Archaeological site


The archaeological site of Ancient Messene is a significant historical and cultural landmark located in the southwestern Peloponnese region of Greece. It encompasses the ruins of the ancient city-state of Messene, which was founded in 369 BCE and flourished during the Hellenistic period.The site of Ancient Messene is known for its well-preserved remains, including impressive fortifications, public buildings, and residential areas.

City Walls: The city of Messene was surrounded by extensive fortifications, which included a circuit wall stretching over 9 kilometers.

Agora: The agora of Messene was the heart of the city and served as a central meeting place for commerce, social gatherings, and political activities. It was surrounded by colonnades and bordered by various public buildings.

Theater: The ancient theater of Messene is one of the largest in Greece. It is well-preserved and provides insight into ancient Greek theatrical performances and architecture.

Stadium: The stadium of Messene was used for athletic contests and competitions. It is located near the theater and is notable for its well-preserved track and seating areas.

Archaeological Museum: You can visit the on-site museum where more than 12,000 findings from the excavations are kept.

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