Mycenae: Layout of the Mycenae Palace

Model of the palace located on the acropolis of Mycenae citadel in Greece

Layout of the Mycenae Palace

Model of the Mycenae Palace
The image shows the layout of the palace located in the archaeological site at Mycenae in Greece.

The palace is situated at the highest point on the acropolis of Mycenae citadel. The ruins that we see today belong to the building constructed in the 13th century BCE. Only the foundations and floor pavings of some rooms have survived. The archaeological evidence suggests that the site might have had many buildings before the current one.

The palace complex had a large courtyard and a megaron (meeting hall). The megaron consisted of a portico, prodomos (anteroom or open vestibule), and main hall, whose principal space (known as domos) consisted of a circular hearth and four columns supporting the roof.

The main purpose of the megaron was to manage the gathering of people who come here to conduct palace business. The megaron was destroyed, most likely by fire, in the late 13th century BCE, and was rebuilt in the 12th century BCE.

Mycenae Citadel Images
Lion Gate Pediment
Cyclopean Wall
Grave Circle A
Layout of the Mycenae Palace
Palace Wall
A Cistern
North Gate

Tomb of Agamemnon Images
Entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon
Roof of Agamemnon Tomb
A wall on the passageway at the entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon
Tomb of Agamemnon Interior

Related Pages
Mycenaean Civilization, Minoan Civilization
Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece

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