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6 sights of Argos-Mykines Municipality which you must not miss!

Argos, a place with inexhaustible archaeological wealth, hosts the great ancient theater within the city and the barracks of Kapodistrias. However, Argos is not only famous for these monuments but for tens of attractions which are scattered throughout the municipality. After you make a tour of pure archaeological interest, Argos and the surrounding area offers you smaller and larger attractions to see that you should not miss. From the imposing castle of Larissa, that adorns the magnificent Argos to the ancient Lerna in Myloi village.

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Castle of Larissa - Argos

The castle lies on the prominent hill called “Larissa”, overlooking the town of Argos. It was founded in the 6th century B.C. During the Byzantine period the fortress was of essential strategic importance and in 1203 came under the control of the archon of Nauplion, Leon Sgouros. In 1212 it was captured by Othon de la Roche and was controlled by the Greeks until 1388. Between 1394 and 1463 it was occupied by the Venetians. In 1463 it was captured by the Turks and remained under their control until 1822, interrupted during 1686-1715, when Larissa came under the control of the Venetian admiral Morozini. The site was liberated by the Greeks in 1822. Salvage interventions have been carried out at the foundations of the monument. The exterior circuit wall and the entrance have been consolidated by the 5th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities.

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At the northern part of the city of Argos, just where the city ends, there are two hills. On the right, to the NE, lies the hill of Aspis and to the NW, the hill of Larissa, the taller of the two (289 m).
The distance to reach the Castle is quite big, therefore, it is preferable to get there by car.
If you have company and you like walking and provided that the weather conditions are appropriate, you can get there on foot.

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You can make one stop and light a candle at the Monastery of Agia Marina in Argos, a relatively small complex located on the south side of the castle of Argos and lying on the edge of Larissa hill.
The nuns are so cordial that will welcome you with warmth and kindness and will allow you to stay to the monastery as long as you want, so long as you follow the monastery’s dress code policy and the time of your visit.

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Ancient theater of Argos

The ancient theatre of Argos, among the biggest ones in Greece, had a capacity of around 20.000 spectators. The biggest part of this theatre was carved in the rock, while its main wings extended to the left and to the right based on retaining walls, with extra stone seats. Around the initially circular orchestra (26m diameter), there was a first line of marble seats for the officials. Behind them there were six lines of stone seats divided in four rows. Above them there were 74 lines of seats carved in the rock, divided by radial stairways into eight rows. The concave with two friezes was divided horizontally in three departments. After the renovations in Roman times, the form of the orchestra and the stage changed many times. From the theatre stage, with a proscenium and a Dorian gallery in its internal side, the only things that remained were the foundations and the underground corridor that led from the stage to the orchestra. It was from this point, the so called “Stairs of Haros”, that the dead and the chthonic (underground) deities appeared to the spectators.

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The ancient theater of Argos is located at the end of the Theatre Street just a few meters from Agios Petros Square in the center of Argos.
You can go on foot or by car and park somewhere around the theater, where permitted. The parking in the area is not controlled.

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Various performances are hosted in summer, such as those performed at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
If you’re lucky and you are in Argolida at that season, look for a ticket and attend a performance.

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Barracks of Kapodistrias

The barracks were first built in the 1690s by the Venetians and they were used as a hospital, administrated by the Sisters of Mercy. The Turks turned the building to a market (bezesteni) and every Sunday there was a big flea market from all over the region. Furthermore, the Post Office (Mentzi Hane) was lodged there. Due to the several Turkish idioms used for this building in records of the Revolution it is mentioned as “bezestenio” or “mentzilio”. During the Revolution the building was seriously damaged. According to evidence of foreigners and travelers it had turned to ruins. It was rebuilt by J. Kapodistrias (1828-1829) and first functioned as barracks for the cavalry. In 1830 the third wing was added at the north side of the big courtyard, which does not exist today. The rebuilding of the building was taken over by the architecture Lambros Zavos from Ithaca and the Engineers Officer K. Photakis had the general supervision of the works. On the ground floor there were the soldiers’ squad rooms, while the headquarters and the officers’ dormitories were lodged at the north wing.

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The Barracks of Kapodistrias are located just across the square where the public market of Argos was taking place.
You can get there in two ways: on foot or by car. If you choose to get there by car you should be aware that parking in the area is controlled and you need to buy a parking card from the kiosks.

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Nowadays, the barracks are used as a multiplex for various events that are organized. If you find yourself in the city of Argos in the spring you will have the opportunity to live a wine tasting experience in an event held every year, the so-called “En Argei Dionysia”.

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Greek pyramids

There are a few pyramids in Greece, and the pyramid of Elliniko, also called Kenkreai, is the best preserved of them all. This is not a pyramid similar to the Egyptian, this – and the others in Greece – is considerably smaller and was possibly used as a water tower, watchtower or warning tower. Kenkreai lies on a hill, with wide views over the Argolic plain. In the olden days an important road, leading from Argos to the neighboring county of Arcadia, passed this pyramid.

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At the South-eastern edge of the plain of Argolid, near the springs of the Erasinos river (nowadays ‘Kephalari’) and on the main arterial road which in antiquity lead from Argos to Tegea and the rest of Arcadia and Kynouria, there is a small structure at present known as the Pyramid of Hellenikon.

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It is uncertain when the pyramid was build, but probably around the fourth century B.C. It was originally 70 meters high, and it’s possible the pyramid didn’t have the pointed top we know from Egypt, but that a flat roof.

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Ancient Lerna

Lerna is 10km south of Argos and 12km from Nafplio by the lesser road via Nea Kios; and is near the village of Myli (below right), on a narrow strip of land between the road and the sea on which are found the Hydra Springs and the Lerna Marshes. The site is surrounded by orange trees is a rather idyllic spot. A warden is posted there, his reverie interrupted by few visitors, though he might show you around if you ask the port of Myli 10km awayAccording to ancient myth, the second labor of Iraklis (Hercules) was slaying the nine-headed Hydra, a water snake that lived in the marshes near Lerna, whose heads kept growing back as soon as they were cut off.

Curiously, there are marshes near this ancient site replete with huge eels, and it has been suggested by some that this myth could symbolize an unsuccessful attempt to drain the marsh. The ancient Greeks believed the Lerna marshes bottomless and that they were an entrance to the underworld. The Danaids, after killing their husbands, threw their heads in the marsh. Certainly the common element of beheading in both the Hercules myth and that of the Danaids (especially in relation to these marshes) is interesting.

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Church of Zoodochou pigis

Kefalari is situated three kilometres southwest of Argos. It is among groves, rural houses, modern villas and old traditional watermills. The picturesque church and old traditional watermills. The picturesque church of Zoodochos Pigi along with the amusement grounds around river Erasinos springs, make Kefalari an attractive place to visit. The waters of river Erasinos form a wonderful lake under the church of Zoodochos Pigi. The scenery becomes even more beautiful with the plane trees and the large number of taverns. The village of Kefalari is also known for its cave that used to be a subterranean riverbed. Excavations had brought into light Neolithic ceramics, however, the cave had been inhabited much earlier. German archeologists had found blades and spearheads that date back to the beginnings of the late Palaeolithic Age, circa 35000 BC! The church of Zoodochos Pigi or else the Virgin Mary Kefalariotissa has been built in the cave and it is visited by a large number of pilgrims each year.

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