Deserted ruins of Greece – Ancient Messini

Deserted ruins of Greece – Ancient Messini

Ancient Messini – you will find it about 1 hour out of Kalamata, at the bottom of the Peloponnese set in the Delphi Mountains.

It is a bargain price to enter and children are free.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – Water fountain and possible altar

As we head through, there is only one other couple wandering around. There is no security, and they only have one archeologist and his pay is low.

There are signs telling what is what, but I do wish they had guides for hire, as it is days like this, I would love to outsource education.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – some of the reconstructed areas

There is a lot we have guessing games on; like these piles of both square and round disks.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – piles of discs

We realize that we are walking on pieces of history. Strewn everywhere is millions of fragments.  We dig one up with a stone and it is carved. We leave a small pile on the wall by the time we are finished. We felt like Archeologists, and Explorason was really excited by his finds.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – finding carvings and pottery

We turn it over and look at the detail of the piece.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – examining the find

Within minutes we have found ourselves quite a collection of pottery pieces.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – millions of pottery pieces are in the ground

We then go to a section that has troughs and we see the stone top actually fits over metal pegs to hold it in place. I imagine this was used to pour grain or something similar to the top?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – checking out the troughs

Explorason goes underneath for a good look!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason climbs under to examine closely the drain hole

We learned when we visited ruins in Morocco about how the common plant was used as inspiration for the carver.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – we see plants used in the carvings #1

Amazing isn’t it?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – we see plants used in the carvings #2

This is a really large ruin site.  I have never been to such an empty site, and am shocked that this is Greece where I would have expected hoards of tourists.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – heading down to the oldest and main area

We love the way we are permitted to touch and feel here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – some of the stone tablets

We head to the theatre arena area and this is well under reconstruction, and a fine example of Corinthian times.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – the main theatre arena area

Explorason sits on a throne. We see several of these around the ruins. It is interesting to talk about the clawed feet, and who sat here in years gone by.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – King Explorason sits on the throne chair

We finish up and then drive to the museum at the top of the hill. Here some of the pieces have been taken and preserved.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – one of the pieces in the museum

We really enjoyed our time at the Messini Ruins. Greece is more than just beaches. Take time to learn and see – you will be supporting their incredible work of preserving our history.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Ancient Messini – another fine example in the museum

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