Stately and imposing archaeological sites
The rich history of Messinia is rescued and depicted in its exceptional monuments and archaeological/historical places.
The most characteristic are the palace of Nestor (on the hill of Ano Eglianos, in a 4km distance from Hora) with the spectacular Throne Room and the approximately 1200 texts that have been saved after the fire that took place in the 12th century (copies of these texts are in the Archaeological Museum in Hora) and the magnificent archaeological site of Ancient Messini which includes exceptionally well preserved buildings, like Agora, the Stadium, the Theatre, the Spring of Arsinoe or the Congress, the room where the representatives of Messini were in session.
“Mycenae of West Peloponnesus”…
The vaulted domes in the hill of Peristeria near the village Miro, in Kyparissia, present a great interest which is why archaeologists call them “Mycenae of West Peloponnesus” as the wealth of the findings as well as the size of the buildings are reminiscent of the Mycenae civilization.
…and Aghia Sofia of Peloponnesus
Impressive are also the sights of the splendid Castles of Messinia (Methoni, Koroni, Pylos, Kalamata, Kyparissia, Zarnata in Mani) as well as the amazing byzantine churches and monasteries. The temple of Agioi Apostoloi (Saint Apostles) in Kalamata where the very first doxology on free Greek territory was conducted after 400 years of ottoman rule, the Sacred Monastery of Voulkanou near the archaeological site of Messini and definitely the Sacred Monastery of the Transfiguration (an all-male monastery) which is probably the most important monastic cluster in Messinia are worth a visit. The Sacred Monastery of the Transfiguration – situated in Christianoi, Trifilia - which was built in the 11th century A.D. and is also known as “Agia Sofia of Peloponnesus” is a must see.
• Ancient Messinia
• Nestor Palace
• Byzantine Monasteries and Churches