Palace of Nestor opens its gates after three years of restoration

The Mycenaean Palace of Nestor reopens to visitors on June 12 after three years of restoration which cost 2.5 million euros, the Culture Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The mythical palace in Peloponnese is considered to be the best example of a well-preserved Mycenaean palace throughout Greece.

Located about four kilometers south of the village of Chora on the hill of Epano Eglianos and 15 kilometers from Pylos, the settlement was discovered in 1939 by American archaeologist Carl W. Blegen from the University of Cincinnati who cooperated with Greek archaeologist Konstantinos Kourouniotis.

The palace was built by King Nestor, son of Neleus, in the late Bronze Age and consists of 105 ground floor apartments.

“The restored archaeological site has new navigation infrastructure, making use of new information and communication technology and providing convenient access to all audiences,” the ministry’s announcement says.

Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas will lead the opening ceremony which will be followed by a tour of the archaeological site and a reception in the area surrounding the museum, while the event will be open for the public.

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