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Ancient Mantineia – Archaeological site

Mantineia was one of the largest and most significant cities in antiquity and it became an important centre of historical developments not only in the area of Arcadia, where it belonged, but in the whole of Greece. The ancient city is located 14 kilometres from Tripoli, in the area called Paleopoli. The first excavations began at the end of the 19th century and around 1960 other parts of the city came to light.

The most important monuments that the visitor to the archaeological site of Mantineia can see are the ancient theatre, the Bouleftirion, parts of the ancient Agora, Roman baths and a temple which was dedicated to Artemis Mesopolitis. Across the archaeological site one can also visit the Christian church of Aghia Fotini, a combination of Byzantine and Greek architecture, the aesthetics of which are a source of conflicting opinions.

Regarding the preserved monuments, our best source of information is the traveller Pausanias, who visited the city around 170 A.D. and refers to them in detail. The archaeological site begins from the hill Gortsouli, where the acropolis of ancient Mantineia was located. From the top of this hill the visitor has a great, panoramic view of the whole valley of Mantineia, with the remains of the ancient city.

Mantineia was one of the largest and most significant cities in antiquity and it became an important centre of historical developments not only in the area of Arcadia, where it belonged, but in the whole of Greece. The ancient city is located 14 kilometres from Tripoli, in the area called Paleopoli. The first excavations began at the end of the 19th century and around 1960 other parts of the city came to light.

The most important monuments that the visitor to the archaeological site of Mantineia can see are the ancient theatre, the Bouleftirion, parts of the ancient Agora, Roman baths and a temple which was dedicated to Artemis Mesopolitis. Across the archaeological site one can also visit the Christian church of Aghia Fotini, a combination of Byzantine and Greek architecture, the aesthetics of which are a source of conflicting opinions.

Regarding the preserved monuments, our best source of information is the traveller Pausanias, who visited the city around 170 A.D. and refers to them in detail. The archaeological site begins from the hill Gortsouli, where the acropolis of ancient Mantineia was located. From the top of this hill the visitor has a great, panoramic view of the whole valley of Mantineia, with the remains of the ancient city.

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