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07/03/2008

Paleokastro

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Paleokastro is now a small mountain village with beautiful views. It has, however, a very rich history. On a hill just outside the village is one of the largest Mycenaean cemeteries. So far many rock carved tombs of the cemetery (approximately 100) and hundreds of ancient piecies (amphorae, jewellery, weapons, sacred utensils, etc)have come to light. The findings are mainly kept in the archaeological museum of Tripoli, but also in the museums of Sparta, Patras and Athens. In the centre of the cemetery, a necromancy building has been discovered from the 12th century BC which is of unique archaeological significance. The Homeric Firi also seems to be in this area. There, Telemachus stopped on his way to Sparta, where he was going in order to have news from his father (Odyssey, C, v. 485-490). Ancient Vrenthis is believed to have been in the same area but the exact location is not yet known. The cyclopean walls of the Mycenaean acropolis, opposite the village, were used for fortification in subsequent periods. At the time of the Franks, one of the most historic castles, the castle Araklovo was there. The castle was not conquered by the Franks during the 13th although they had managed to occupy most Peloponnesian regions. Thus the legend of the castle remained in history, along with its defender Doxapatri Voutsara. Today at the City Hall of Athens there is a wall painting of F. Kontoglou showing the heroic resistance of the castle of that time.

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