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Erasmus blog Greece

  • Tiryns

    Still on the Peloponnes, we found a forgotten centre of Mycenean culture: Tiryns! A ring fortress on a hill, the thick walls show the former importance of the place: It was larger than the Acropolis of Athens! At the very top lies a sacred place with a small path...

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  • Epidauros Museum

    The museum in Epidauros gave us some more insight into how the ancient priests/doctors worked and what they used to treat the patients. This relief shows the treatment of a wounded arm and a patient laying down while a snake (a symbol of the god) snuggles up to him...

    0 by Jan, 10 days ago
  • Epidauros

    Epidauros is a UNESCO world heritage site on the Peloponnes. It is famous as a sanctuary to Asklepios, the god of healing. The archeological site shows the following buildings: The gymnasion (sports complex) was used for therapeutical purposes. In its centre stands a...

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  • Nemea Museum

    Nemea not only had the temple and stadium from my last post, but also a small museum honouring the games. This awesome speech/quote was to be found near the entrance, clearly visible for every visitor. These archaic figurines in clay represent women, one of them with...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Lerna + Nemea

    As you might already know, Greece is full of ancient legends. Sometimes they explain great events of history ... ana example can be found here: Lerna is a place where a palace from the Early Helladic Period, the so-called "House of Tiles", stands. Also, there have been...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Mystras 2

    In many churches of Mystras, there were Byzantine frescoes with stories of saints depicted in vivid colours, unfortunately a bit bleached over time, but hey, who are we to complain about such works of art? The churches had a clearly Orthodox style with round arches;...

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  • Mystras

    So we were on our way to Sparta when we passed a ruined city with the remains of a great castle on a hilltop: Mystras. Climbing the hill was a bit of work, but the view over the landscape was rewarding, as you can see! The story of the castle begins in the early 13th...

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  • Messene Museum

    Just as if we had not already seen enough musea, we also had to enter the Archeological Museum of Messene. Actually, every museum shows something new, so no time is wasted on repeating stuff! First, there were some elaborate flint arrowheads on display ... we may label...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Bassae and Messene

    After seeing so many artifacts, marble inscriptions and statues of Zeus, Venus and Augustus et cetera it was time to go outside again: We saw the Temple of Apollon in Bassae, UNESCO world heritage site, and arrived in Messene. The thick city walls defended the city in...

    0 by Jan, one month ago
  • Delphi Museum 2: Marble and Music!

    The second part of the museum contained lots of marble in the form of inscriptions and statues. Check it out! This inscription is written in Latin, but it's not classical Latin. It's from the Hellenistic Period or Late Antiquity as the dedicator's name L. Aimilius is...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Delphi Museum 1

    The Archeological Museum in Delphi offers some mixed findings from the site. Be curious and explore! Here, votive weapons and bronze infantry helmets in the Corinthian style are to be found in the section about warfare. Someone took this photo of me (with bad posture)...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Delphi: Theatre and Stadium

    Finally, Delphi was not only a religious, but also a cultural centre! Read and marvel! The theatre of Delphi was home to the first Pythic Games which consisted in singing along to a kithara. They were held every eight, later every four years. Think of it as an ancient...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Delphi: The Temple of Apollon

    Delphi not only had the famous oracle I wrote about in my last post, but also a sacred site with many temples. I will now introduce them to you: The Hall of the Athenians was built after the wars against the Persians to store the spoils of war inside. It was built like...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Delphi: The Centre of the World and the Oracle

    Delphi was considered to be the centre of the world in Ancient Greece. How come? This oval stone (unfortunately a bit broken over time) is the Omphalos, the navel of the world (or at least a copy of it). According to legend, it fell down from the sky as a meteor after...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Delphi: Introduction

    Delphi - a famous place. It even has a programming language named after it (we learned to use it in school). After a short trip by bus, we arrived in the small village nearby, made our way past overpriced souvenir shops (40€ for a SD card for a camera!) and came to...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Boeotia

    Time to take a break from the cloister as the weather was really nice. The final view from the restaurant in the sunset showed us some hills, trees and the sea in the distance ... meanwhile, we had a Greek salad (of course)! Look at this lovely sunset over Mount...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Curiosities at Hosios Loukas

    This is the last post from the monastery, I promise! There were just some curiosities that I think you would need to see: Sometimes it's the little things that you normally overlook walking by: This platoon of ants carrying a large breadcrumb seems insignificant next...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Osios Loukas Monastery - The Crypt

    If you go downstairs, you will see the richly decorated crypt of the monastery: With its wide vault and floral as well as geometrical motives, it is surely an inspiring place, even if it may be a bit dark. This is the gravestone (taphos) of the holy man Loukas, though...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Inside Osios Loukas Monastery

    Entering the monastery through the main entrance, you see the main nave flooded with light: Up high, you see the figure of Christ surrounded by angels and Biblical scenes in the corners, all in golden mosaics. A smaller nave behind the main one is plain, with only...

    0 by Jan, 2 months ago
  • Santorini - Crazy moment

    Santorini - A quick decision The morning in Santorini always has something tempting a half-professional traveller like me which I cannot resist doing something crazy. It is the warm sunshine in the midst of cold weather that creates a peaceful and gentle setting, and...

    0 by Hoàng, one year ago

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