6 Megalithic Monuments in Greece You Didn’t Know

Let’s dive into a beautiful part of the Megalithic Monuments in Greece and the ancient history of Greece!

Mega what? Surprisingly the word Megalithic means “Big Stones,” and the name itself is Greek, like many used in science.

They are also known as Cyclopic (origins from the word Cyclop, which refers to a race of Greek giants). You may have read about Cyclop Polyfimos from the Odyssey.

While the word Megalithic people tend to believe it is about buildings, it is also used for other types of construction works like tunnels and more.

So, there are those of “Stonehenge type” but not only. Unesco defines as Megalithic, all the constructions built with megaliths (big stones).

In Greece, the Megalithic monuments are usually combinations and formations of a variety of shapes and geometry.

While some resemble the front of a ship, others were used in aqueducts and tunnels. Others look like Stonehenge.

For example, they are built at a location of fantastic scenery, they are oriented with some star constellation, rocks are connected without some intermediate material (like mud, clay), they carry petroglyphs, and they seem perfectly carved to fit. Too perfect indeed.

Here is a list of such monuments which are a well-shared knowledge among archaeologists.

The Citadel and Lion Gate at Mycenae Megalithic Structures

Location: Mycenae, Peloponnese.

Lions-Gate-Mycenae by Andreas Trepte - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lions-Gate-Mycenae.jpg#/media/File:Lions-Gate-Mycenae.jpg
Credits: Lions-Gate-Mycenae by Andreas Trepte

Read our post for Mycenae.

Eupalinos Tunnel (Aqueduct) Megalithic Monument

Location: Island of Samos.

Eupalinos Tunnel
Credits: Eupalinos Tunnel

Read our post for Pythagoras Cave in Samos.

Megalithic Structure of the Fort of Tiryns

Location: Tiryns, Peloponnese.

"Tiryns, a passageway" by Alun Salt - originally posted to Flickr as Tiryns, a passageway. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tiryns,_a_passageway.jpg#/media/File:Tiryns,_a_passageway.jpg
Credits: Tiryns, a passageway by Alun Salt

Credits: Wikipedia

“Dragonhouse” of Ochi Megalithic Structure

Location: Karistos, Evia.

Drakospito (dragonhouse) of Ochi, Evia
Drakospito (dragon house) of Ochi, Evia. Credits: Orientalizing.

Megalithic Pyramid of Argos

Location: Argos, Peloponnese.

Pyramid of Argos
Pyramid of Argos. Credits: Stelios Zacharias.

The Arcadian Megalithic Gate, Messini

Location: Messini, Peloponnese.

Arcadian Gate
Arcadian Gate. Credits: e_ht12

So, here is an intriguing question.

How did they lift all these vast rocks?

How were they placed and set with such accuracy? Some of them fit so perfectly that not even a paper leaf can pass through.

This is indeed a mystery that spreads all over the world, as many megalithic monuments exist everywhere, and Greece has its part.

Credits of the cover photo: konstantinosk

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