The Menelaion, Sparta

#4 of 9 in Historic Sites in Sparta Municipality
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The archaeological site of Menelaion (translit. Menelaeion) is located approximately 5 km from the modern city of Sparti. The geographical structure of this site includes a hill complex (Northern hill, Menelaion, Profitis Ilias and Aetos). The archaic name of the place is mentioned as Therapne.
Fluvial deposits of the valley of Eurotas, mild climate and low hills which protect the area, are forming the general geographical and geological context of the archaeological site which revealed few Middle Helladic findings on the Northern hill and major settlement of the Mycenaean period in the Menelaion.
It is considered that Helen appeared initially in Homeric epic poetry, circa 8th century BCE. Besides epos, she appears in lyric poetry, in history, in theatrical plays, even in rhetorical exercises. Helen, and her husband Menelaus, belong to a large group of heroes and heroines worshiped throughout Greece. These heroes, heroines and their cults have already been studied in classical archeology and philology and shape the ideology of a particular period of worshipping heroes in ancient Greece
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  • Took a taxi from Sparta, a small church. Then 15min walk up to top. Not much left of the Menelaion but beautiful view to Sparta and the mountains. No enterance fee. Nice spot in the springtime.  more »
  • We had read reviews on this site of both the beauty of this site as well as the car break ins that can occur and had occasion to experience both. We drive up to the church below the site and had the.....  more »
  • Definitely worth to came here. Very nice view from up there. We decided to leave our car 1km from this place and make last 1000m on foot because road was too dangerous for car. I do not know how road looks like from the north side but we arrived by car from the south side and it was almost impossible to get up there.
  • The monument, the setting, and the 360-degree view!
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