Mycenae, in bloom

Today, our virtual journey will take us to Mycenae.

The Acropolis of Mycenae, as seen from the SW.

To tell the truth, I had another destination in mind, but the news changed my plans. On August 30th, 2020, a wildfire broke out in the area and, blown by strong winds, quickly moved towards the lower city, below the walls of the citadel. The fire went right through the excavation area, as well as the area around the tombs of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. It then went over the southern wall, entering the Mycenaean Acropolis and burning a large swathe of it, all the way to its northern side.

You may have seen the sad images of the charred site, which remind me of Olympia, touched by another wildfire, in 2007.

The extent of the damage to the site has yet to be determined, but we all hope it is no more than superficial.

In the meanwhile, I prefer to remember Mycenae as I’ve seen it before, on a bright spring day.

More about the site and its history, in another post.

Part of the Acropolis of Mycenae as seen from within, a few yards behind the Lion Gate (seen to the left of this photo).

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