Cape Tainaron (Cape Matapan), Kokkinogia

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Historic Site
Cape Matapan, also named as Cape Tainaron, or Cape Tenaro, is situated at the end of the Mani Peninsula, Greece. Cape Matapan is the southernmost point of mainland Greece, and the second southernmost point in mainland Europe. It separates the Messenian Gulf in the west from the Laconian Gulf in the east.HistoryCape Matapan has been an important place for thousands of years. The tip of Cape Matapan was the site of the ancient town Tenarus, near which there was (and still is) a cave that Greek legends claim was the home of Hades, the god of the dead. The ancient Spartans built several temples there, dedicated to various gods. On the hill situated above the cave, lie the remnants of an ancient temple dedicated to the sea god Poseidon (Νεκρομαντεῖον Ποσειδῶνος). Under the Byzantine Empire, the temple was converted into a Christian church, and Christian rites are conducted there to this day. Cape Matapan was once the place where mercenaries waited to be employed.At Cape Matapan, the Titanic's would-be rescue ship, the SS Californian, was torpedoed and sunk by German forces on 9 November 1915. In March 1941, a major naval battle, the Battle of Cape Matapan, occurred off the coast of Cape Matapan, between the Royal Navy and the Italian Regia Marina, in which the British emerged victorious in a one-sided encounter. The encounter's main result was to drastically reduce future Italian naval activity in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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  • Famous Picasso proud as a Greek I managed and I arrived at the southernmost tip of mainland Greece, to the last piece of land of the Balkan peninsula, the second southernmost tip of Europe. Hiking you may be tired, but you will be reimbursed when you get there.
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  • Where the dead in ancient Greeks were going to descend to the underworld. There you will find the Oracle of Poseidon. It is a pity that the part is not what suitable for visiting the monument but the view there is terrible.
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  • A little hiking, coastal path, along with the seagulls who go against the wind, quite aromatic herbs in the path ... and in the end the lighthouse.
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