The palace of an Homeric hero

The mythical Palace of Nestor is one of the best examples of a well-preserved Mycenaean palace in all of Greece.

15 kilometers from modern Pylos, the settlement was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl W. Blegen from the University of Cincinnati who cooperated with Greek archaeologist Konstantinos Kourouniotis.

The palace, built by King Nestor in the late Bronze Age, consists of 105 ground floor apartments, one of which has the big “throne room” with a circular clay heath and niches with numerous storage jars. It also had workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system, while the walls were decorated with frescos.

Nestor himself is mentioned several times by Homer in his epic poems and is said to have participated in the Trojan War. The numerous findings brought to light by the excavations also include approximately 1,250 clay tablets written in Linear B.

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