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Koroni and Methone










Description of Methone

Koroni and Methone military fortifications or “The eyes of Venice” as they were called stand on both sides of the Messenia peninsula on the southwestern Peloponnese. Fortress of Koroni was found in the 1206. Today it harbors the convent of Timiou Prodromou, several private houses and ruins from the medieval times. The city below has most of its structures to the early 18th century. Evenings here are fairly cool and pleasant.
 The fortress of Methone was build about the same time as Koroni. Unlike its neighbor, however it lies abandoned without inhabitants. The remains of the cathedral, walls, houses and Turkish baths are still visible. Amazingly the site still yields artifacts to tourists who are not too lazy to dig a little. Coins, lamps and other small objects are still found on the site. Besides underground passages offer adrenalin rush who are not too afraid to venture here.
Nestor’s palace- This Mycenaean palace is fairly impressive for its time period. Even though most of it was destroyed in the 1200 BC, probably during Doric invasion, it is easy to imagine how it appeared in the ancient times. Its name is derived from the Ancient poetry. According to Homer Odysseus passed this palace on his way home. It was owned by Nestor who offered travelers hospitality and warmth. Odesseus’ son Telemachus fell in love with Nestor’s daughter Polycaste then she was giving him a bath in a tub. As Greeks will tell you the tub found on this site is the one Homer described. There is no reason to object. Just take the story as it is told by the locals. No, seriously. Greeks can be very touchy about their legends and traditions.
Archeological museum in Chora nearby houses some of the artifacts that were found here. Their telephone is (27630)31358. The museum is closed on Monday.










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