Follow us to the ancient Messinian footsteps of antiquity and learn about the most promised new excavated archeological park of Greece !!
The ancient city of Messini (Messene) was erected by the Theban general Epaminondas after his victory in the war with Sparti in 371B.C. Messini was built up the foothills of the sacred mountain of Ithomi and had temples, houses, public buildings, a stadium and a theatre. Excavations reveal that today’s village of Mavromati is built on the site of the ancient city, whose surrounding walls are considered to be the most impressive remains of military architecture of 4th century B.C..
Most of the area of Ancient Messene contains the ruins of the large classical city-state of Messene refounded by Epaminondas in 369 BC, after the battle of Leuctra and the first Theban invasion of the Peloponnese. Epaminondas invited the return to their native land of all the families that had gone into exile from Messenia during its long struggle with and servitude under the military state of Sparta, now finished as a conquering state. This new Messene, today’s Ancient Messene, was constructed over the ruins of Ithome, an ancient city originally of Achaean Greeks, destroyed previously by the Spartans and abandoned for some time. Currently the substantial ruins are a major historical attraction. Much of it has been archaeologically excavated and partly restored or preserved for study and public viewing, as well as for various events. Ideal tour for ancient history lovers!!
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