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Tholos Tomb by Kevrekidis Tholos Tomb by Kevrekidis
Μυκηναϊκός θολωτός τάφος του Άνω Εγκλιανού.
Πύλος, Μεσσηνία.

Mycenaean tholos tomb of Ano Englianos.
Pylos, Messenia – Greece.

A tholos tomb (plural tholoi "domed tombs") also known as a beehive tomb is a burial structure characterized by its false dome created by the superposition of successively smaller rings of mudbricks or, more often, stones. The resulting structure resembles a beehive. In Greece, the vaulted tholoi are a monumental Late Bronze Age development.

This Mycenaean tholos tomb is the largest in the area and stands near the palace at Epano Englianos. It was built around 1550-1500 BC and remained in use throughout the 15th and possibly until the 13th century BC. As a family tomb, it is estimated to have accommodated at least 17 burials. Although it had been looted in antiquity, it still contained pottery and precious small objects. Outstanding among them are four sheet-gold owls and a gold seal with representation of a griffin, emblem of royal authority. The presence of royal tholos tombs in the area of Englianos indicates that around 1500 BC there was a large settlement on the hill, which was the center of an extensive territory.

The site compares in size and richness with the palace of Mycenae and is believed to be the home of Nestor, the second most powerful Mycenaean king. In Greek mythology, Nestor of Gerenia was the King of Pylos. According to Homer’s Iliad, Nestor took part n the expedition against Troy, provided and equipped 90 vessels, second only to the 100 ships of the expedition leader, Agamemnon himself. Nestor returned in safety from Troy and survived a good many years. In the Odyssey, Nestor and those who were part of his army had safely returned to Pylos since they didn't take part in the looting of Troy upon the Greek's victory in the Trojan War. Odysseus's son Telemachus travels to Pylos to inquire about the fate of his father. Nestor receives Telemachus kindly and entertains him lavishly but is unable to furnish any information on his father's fate.

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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful capture
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Lois!
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Interesting information, thanks for sharing in ARANPA!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Carlo!
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
:)
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Liannamaye Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
ohh very nice! Very interesting history, Thanks for sharing this with me :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Lianna!!!
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Life-0r-Death Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very nice. The capture conveys the sacred feeling of the burial. Love it!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ashley!
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utopia-dweller Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
oh, yes, reminds me of highschool excursion to Greece; thanks for sharing, very nice! :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Vesna!
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RobMitchem Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That tomb is in really good shape for being 3500 years old.
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:iconkevrekidis:
Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! If you go inside, it's like travelling back in time!
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RobMitchem Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Coincidentally The Time Machine happens to be the book I am reading now =D
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Haggis53 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Artist
And another thing is added to my bucket list... :3
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Chloe!
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ChronosGr Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Πέρα από την καλή ποιότητα δίνεις κάτι πολύ ανώτερο!!!

(τα εύκολος ευνοούμενα παραλείπονται)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ πολύ Γιώργο!
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ChronosGr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
Να 'σαι καλά!
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Searleit Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Finally some one not only posts a photo of a fantastic and fascinating place but also tells something about the history of the object and the surrounding area.
Keep it up friend, descriptions such as this one add very much to your work :))
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Karolina!!!
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Searleit Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Hehe, you're welcome :)
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Thanks so much for giving the history of this place. An amazing photo of such an ancient and interesting site.
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jeanie!
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
You're welcome. :iconlovebottleplz:
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ravenyourei Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Good Shot
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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ravenyourei Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
no problem
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Emfysch Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooo, very cool!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Michelle!
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YesIamEccentric Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank You for your comment on my picture, and this is a great photo! Also a very interesting looking building!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Thomas!
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YesIamEccentric Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
You're welcome!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Wonderful capture, great!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Stefan!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
A true pleasure, as always my friend!
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Great photo! And very interesting story. I remember some about this. :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!!
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JonathanGoode Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Very nice picture and interesting description. Keep up the good work!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jonathan!!!
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Fell4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Wow! All that interesting history in one building! You must love living in such an ancient country!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!! Indeed, there's history in every single stone!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Photographer
Fascinating. I'm just re-reading a commentary on the Iliad, so it's perfect!! Amazing to see architecture from the period of the Iliad/Odyssey, it really helps to bring it all to life. Thank you for sharing!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Christopher!!!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome!
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haggaghm Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow great :)
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Mohamed!
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Πολύ καλή λήψη! Υπέροχη φωτογραφία!
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Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ευχαριστώ!!!
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