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The palace of Mycenae, dating back to the 15C BC, consists of three blocks of buildings extending to the eastern spur of the site. The western block contains the megaron, the main element of the palace which is fairly well preserved, and the main stairs comprising 18 steps. The propylaia led into the great open-air courtyard. Beyond was a portico, a vestibule and the megaron proper, a royal chamber with a round hearth in the centre surrounded by four pillars (the bases are extant) supporting the roof; the floor was paved with slabs of gypsum and the walls were faced with stucco painted with decorative motifs in the Cretan style; the throne probably stood on the right. The upper terrace of the palace was altered by the later construction of a temple to Athena; only a few traces remain, but there is a beautiful view of the site.

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  • summer: 8am-4.30pm; rest of year: 8am-3pm

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