Palace of Nestor Again Open to the Public
The best-preserved Mycenaean-era palace on mainland Greece, the palace of Nestor, dating from the Late Bronze Age (1680-1060 BC), will be open to the public on Sunday, June 12th, at 12 noon. The palace, in the southwest Peloponnese, about 30km west of Kalamata in the Upper Englianos area of the Messina region, had been closed since late 2012 for needed protective upgrades.
The palace, whose peak was reached about 1300 BC, features some brilliantly preserved mosaics, and its architecture contributes greatly to our understanding of Mycenaean building styles. The site has a new navigational infrastructure in place using recent technological advances to more effectively communicate information about the palace to visitors.
There is a new protective roof in place, creating a covered open space through use of only 16 supporting columns, which covers the nearly 3/4 of an acre of space, including the palace's central core. Walkways suspended from this canopy give visitors a unique perspective of this important archeological site.
After an opening ceremony presided by Peloponnese Region Directory Mr. Peter Tatoulis, a tour of the site will be on offer, followed by a reception. This event is open to the public.
The budget for the project was just under 2.5 million euros, financed jointly by Greece and the EU. Helping in implementing the project were the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and the University of Cincinnati.