Guided tour: Ancient Messini – Kalamata
At a distance of around 32 kms from Kalamata, lies Ancient Messini, one of the most important “megalopolis” of Greece during the Hellenistic and Roman years and capital of the free Ancient Messinia, for seven whole centuries. It is a rare archaeological site, where the visitor is impressed by the view of the temples, houses, walls and public buildings, most of which are maintained in a very good condition. At the same time, one feels an immense sense of emotion in a place where the history of the region is imprinted on its landscape. The archaeological site includes, among other things, the wall which dates back to the 3rd century B.C., with the preponderant Arcadian Gate and the eight towers, public buildings, the market, the Temple of Artemis Fosforos (light-bringer) or Orthia (standing), the stadium, the war memorial, the theatre and residences. Other important buildings are the Congress, a hall where the representatives of Messini conferred, the pottery factory, the temple of Artemis Limnatis (of lakes) and Artemis Lafria Orthia, as well as the imposing group of buildings of the Asklipeios temple, and so on. In the Archaeological Museum near the archaeological site, there is a number of findings of Ancient Messini, which exceed 10.000 in number. Among other things, the marble statue of Hermes of Messini is exhibited, the Roman marble copy of Doriforos (spear-carrier), which is one of the most renowned statues the 5th century B.C., statues which decorated the Asklipieio temple, the stone-made Ekataio with representations of the goddess Artemis, and so on. The visit starts at the Arcadian Gate and the remaining walls with reconstructed towers and ends after visiting the museum exhibition.
Duration of visit: almost 2,5 hours
Admission: €10 (archaeological site + museum), reduced price (visitors over 65 years old) €5, free entrance for children coming from the EU (check with our guide and at the ticket office if coming from other countries).
Water, hat and sunglasses, loose clothing and comfortable shoes needed.