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Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae

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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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  • Beautiful archaeological site Where you can admire the famous lion gate and the grave of Agamemnon. For us campers institutions it is possible to spend the night in the parking lot with beautiful view.
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  • This is truly a very interesting sight/site. The info regarding the construction of the place is amazing. Sadly we have been on " guided timed tours" and never nough time to really study the architect...  more »
  • Such a fantastic monument that is well worth the trip to get to. The fact that you are able to enter into this structure and walk around the tholos tomb is awe inspiring. The corridor is huge and even...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Do NOT skip this!!! It is tempting to keep going after a long and tiring visit to Mycenae but it really does help you understand how impressive the whole site is, as it is the only structure completely intact.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Impressive how well kept it is. Especially given the poor maintenance (full of bees inside!). Not to miss.