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Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene

Last Update: Sep 2017

Europa Nostra Awards 2005 & 2011

Archaeological site, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Cultural heritage MAVROMATI , MESSINIA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 27240 51201 , Fax: +30 27240 51046
Opening hours:
00Apr - 00Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-2000
00Nov - 00Mar Mon-Sun, 0900-1600

Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene - Photo Gallery

Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene - Overview

  Asklepieion complex: Temple of Asklepios and Hygeia. It's a peripteros, doric temple. It was destroyed by an unknown reason and it was rebuilt of a local though stone.
  A small theatre-odeion belongs to the Asklepieion complex. An inscription was found and it informs us that the building was found and it informs us that the building was called "Decterion". It was a room for rhetorical displays and assemblies.
  Bouleuterion: A rectangular almost square room which belongs to the Asklepieion complex too. Its dimensions are: 19x18.30m. There are two entrances at the west side of the building.
  The wall which is dated to the 3rd century B.C. is one of the most important achievements of the ancient military architecture. Arcadic gate which is at the north side of the wall is still very impressive. It was the main gate of Messene as the way to Arcadic Megalopolis started from its external "door".
  Temple of Artemis Limniatis or Lafria. It's a small temple of the Ionic style. It's dated to the middle of the 3rd century B.C.
  Sanctuary of Zeus Ithomatas. The statue of Zeus, designed by the Argive Sculptor named Ageladas, was here. The type of this statue, which represented Zeus as a child, isn't known to us.
  Theatre-Stadium: We have only remains of the walls which supported the concave of the theatre. The lower seats of the stadium and especially those of the section of the sphendone were survived better than others.

Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene - Map

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Cultural Heritage • Europa Nostra Award
Visiting Information • Admission fee • Fixed hours • Organized archeological site
Ancient city  
Ancient monuments • Tower / Classical period, 480-323 BC • Propylaea / Classical period, 480-323 BC • Stoas / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Walls / Classical period, 480-323 BC • Fountain / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Bouleuterion / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Gymnasium / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Theatre / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Stadium / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Temples / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Tombs / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Buildings / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Ancient agora  
Ancient sanctuary • Asclepieium
Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments

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Settlement • Byzantine period, AD 324-1453
On site monuments • Monastery / Middle Byzantine period, AD 610-1204 • Tombs / Byzantine period, AD 324-1453

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