Mycenae: Entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon

Entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon in Peloponnese, Greece

Entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon

Entrance to the Tomb of Agamemnon
The image shows the entrance and passageway to the Tomb of Agamemnon (a.k.a Treasury of Atreus) located near the Mycenae citadel in the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece.

The lintel above the door is a massive stone weighing about 120 tons. The triangular space above the lintel is empty but likely housed some sculptures. The doorway is similar in design to the Lion Gate of the Mycenae citadel.

The passageway is long with a wall on each side. The shape of most of the stones on the walls is rectangular, but there are some polygonal stones as well. The stones were cut precisely to fit the wall, and despite the differences in their sizes and shapes, it appears no mortar was used to bind them.

The Agamemnon Tomb owes its name to its discoverer Heinrich Schliemann, who assumed that the tomb was built for King Agamemnon of the Trojan war fame. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the tomb belonged to King Agamemnon. In fact, it was built well before his time.

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

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

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