Greece 2018: Nestor’s Palace

An account of Nestor’s palace at Pylos.

INTRODUCTION

Through a combination of work commitments and still having large numbers of photos to edit it has been a while since I posted, so just to remind people I was in Greece from May 12th to May 19th, and have so far produced five posts relating to that holiday:

  1. Aperiftif – setting the scene for subseqent posts going into more detail about the holiday and various aspects thereof.
  2. Days 1-2 – covering the start of the holiday
  3. The Journey to Methoni – covering the start of the first of the two major excursions.
  4. Methoni Castle – covering the castle other than the Bourzti of Methoni.
  5. The Bourtzi of Methoni – covering the Bourtzi.

A VERY ANCIENT SITE

Whereas nothing at Methoni is above 800 years old, and most of it is around half that age (making it a youngster in terms of Greek sites) Nestor’s Palace at Pylos (about 15 kilometres from the modern town of that name) was in its pomp 3,300 years ago or thereabouts, which means that even by Greek standards it counts as old (although Gortyn on the island of Crete is about twice as old as even this). In an effort to preserve these remains a shelter has been built around the site, and part of this structure is a raised walkway from which visitors view the site – no walking round at ground level these days.

roof and walkways

NESTOR’S PALACE IN PICTURES

It is now time for the combination of my camera and photo-editing skills to take over and give you a virtual tour of Nestor’s Palace…

Information, Nestor's Palace
There is lots of informatrion about the palace and the kingdom it was a part of.

The Kingdom of PylosThe Perfumed Oil IndustryThe White GoddessThe search for the Mycenaean KingdomThe new face of NestorThe well-built citadel of NeleusThe Palace of NestorReconstruction of Nestor's PalacePropylonLooking at Nestor's PalaceMinor roomsstonework, PylosThe Archives of the PalaceCourtColumn support bases and remains of the court wallThe MegaronNature, History, Culture in perfect harmonyside roomsThe back of Nestor's palace and beyondSouthwestern building, Palace of NeleusPantries info boardPantriesThrone room info boardThrone roomThrone pedestalThrone pedestal IIThrone pedestal IIIThrone room wallOuter limits of palaceraised walkway and frameworkThrone room IIstoneworkextremities of the palaceroof structureOlive Oil stiorage roomsOlive oil storerooms remainsstaircaseremainsNestor's bathNestor's bath and queen's throne room

detail from Nestor's bath
some detail from the inside facing of Nestor’s bath.

side of palaceNestor's bath info boardunsheltered remainsNortheastern buildingBeyond the shelterThe Queen's megaronThe queen's throne roomsmall roomLooking out of the palaceThe queen's thronewallsThe bathroombath decorationdisabled access at Nestor's palacepropylon671

Sea view from Nestor's palace IV
The first of several sea views I captured from Nestor’s palace.

SEA VIEWS FROM THE PALACE

Here are my remaining sea views from the palace itself…

sea view from Nestor's palace IISea view from Nestor's palace IIISea view from Nestor's palace

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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