The most well preserved Mycenaean palace is the palace of Nestor, the mythical king of Pylos. It is estimated that it was built in 1300 BC, in the area of ancient Pylos founded by Nileas, father of Nestor.
Nestor himself refers extensively to Homeric epics as he sailed to Troy with 90 boats as according to homer he was characterized by his wisdom and hospitality.
The palace was a fully equipped two-storey building with storage areas, workshops, baths, light ducts, reception areas and even central drainage system. Only the ground floor has 105 apartments, with a bathroom of great significance and value, a storage room with numerous vessels, and of course the great throne room with a circular hearth and the position of the throne.
The palace was destroyed just 100 years after it was built by a big fire and it was never rebuilt.
With his discovery, however, in 1939, 1,000 Linear B* signs came to light which in the fire were 'baked' and were rescued as well as numerous artistic objects dating back to 1300 BC. most of which are currently exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Chora.
- Linear B is a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek
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