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Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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The Treasury of Atreus or Tomb of Agamemnon is an impressive "tholos" tomb on the Panagitsa Hill at Mycenae, Greece, constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC. The lintel stone above the doorway weighs 120 tons, with approximate dimensions 8.3 x 5.2 x 1.2m, the largest in the world. The tomb was used for an unknown period. Mentioned by Pausanias, it was still visible in 1879 when the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the shaft graves under the 'agora' in the Acropolis at Mycenae. The tomb has probably no relationship with either Atreus or Agamemnon, as archaeologists believe that the sovereign buried there ruled at an earlier date than the two; it was named thus by Heinrich Schliemann and the name has been used ever since.The tomb perhaps held the remains of the sovereign who completed the reconstruction of the fortress or one of his successors. The grave is in the style of the other tholoi of the Mycenaean World, of which there are nine in total around the citadel of Mycenae and many more in the Argolid. However, in its monumental shape and grandeur it is one of the most impressive monuments surviving from Mycenaean Greece.
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  • The Treasury of Atreus is located a short drive - or walk - from the Palace of Mycenae and is included in the price of admission to the Palace. The "beehive" structure is fascinating. I cannot imagine...  read more »
  • I had. I frame of reference to this place so the museum down the road was helpful. Thankfully our tour guide was helpful because there was not much interpretive signage. Easy walk under shade trees. 
  • You will need about 30 minutes here. As you go through the entrance and look up...that large slab must have taken some installing. Another one of those places where you sy, how the heck did they do th...  read more »
  • Epic mysterious place.For all who have read The Iliad or know the story of the Trojan war this is a magical place. Tomb is situateted near Agamemnon ancient palace. The museum here is very good as well. If you are anywhere even close to Mycenae you really just have to go.
  • Slightly apart from the main part of the ruins at Mycenae so don't miss it. Mind boggling stunning architecture! Nothing else like it. Stand in the middle and clap your hands...the standing wave acoustics are kind of amazing. A must see. Then hit the National Museum in Athens and check out all the gold they lifted from here!
  • Definitely worth stopping by, same ticket as Mycenae site and it only takes a few mins to get there for a short visit. Step firmly once inside, great sound.
  • Impressive how well kept it is. Especially given the poor maintenance (full of bees inside!). Not to miss.
  • This is the Treasury of Atreus also called the tomb of Agamemnon a gem in Mykene on Peloponnese, Greece. When you stand in the middle the sound has a strange effect • This is the best preserved tomb of the 9 found in whole Greece • It's dated back to about 1500 BC..... and part of Unesco world heritage sights • Entrance fee is €8 together with another Mykene sight. My son said to me: mum I feel like I'm in an Indiana Jones movie
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