Ancient Messene

The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.
Ancient Messene

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Messene sprung out of the victory over Sparta and became the capital of the region of Messinia. It is perhaps the largest archaeological site in the country, including a stadium, remains of a large theatre, parts of the market town, watch towers, walls and much more. The original wall around the city of Messene was 9 kilometres long, heralded as an architectural gem that has been very well preserved. Several towers guard the wall and ensure its safety, such as the well-known Arcadian Gate which is a must-see for visitors. 

In Messene, you can visit the local museum to see the Asklepieion, considered both a Doric temple and the temple of Artemis and Zeus. You will also come across the Arsinoe fountain and a pre-Christian church.

Opens: 9am to 5pm. 

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