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.
As we head through, thee 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.
There is a lot we have guessing games on, Like these piles of square and round disks.
We realise 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.
We turn it over and look at the detail of the piece.
Within minutes we have found ourselves quite a collection of pottery pieces.
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 into the top?
Explorason goes underneath for a good look!
We learnt when we visited ruins in Morocco about how the common plant was used as inspiration for the carver.
Amazing isn’t it ?
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.
We love the way we are permitted to touch and feel here.
We head to the theatre arena area and this is well under reconstruction, and a fine example of Corinthian times.
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.
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.
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 at preserving our history.