The Pyramid of Hellinikon is located near the city of Argos, on an ancient road which once led from Argos to Tegea. The pyramid is preserved in good condition and it consists of a unique phenomenon and an archaeological mystery.
The Pyramid of Hellenikon is situated nine kilometres away from Argos, near the springs of the Erasinos river and on the main arterial road which in antiquity led from Argos to Tegea. The pyramid is a live proof of mythology which suggests that there was a relation between the land of Argos and the Egyptian civilization.
There is a controversy about the date of this structure. Based on the excavations carried out, it dates back to the late 4th century, but according to archaeologists, using new methods, it might overlap the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The first theory seems to prevail.
The pyramid, known as the pyramid of Kechraie, is made of massive, grey limestone large blocks which apparently originate from the surrounding area. It has the shape of a tower with its external sides sloping and surrounding a rectangular building of total dimensions 7.03m by 9.07m. The main entrance of the monument is situated at its eastern side. From inside this gate, a narrow corridor leads to a smaller entrance, opened on the southern wall of the main space, and to a square room with sides about 7 m long.
There are many theories on its use. The Greek traveler, Pausanias wrote in the 2nd century A.D. that the Hellinikon pyramid was a common tomb for soldiers. Others refer to the pyramid as a fryctoria, a tower used to send smoke signals. At the present it is believed that the pyramid served as a small observatory to control the surrounding area.
It consists of a unique architectural phenomenon and it is preserved in good condition. It reminds its visitors of the history of Argos.