With roots and references dating back to the Homeric Epics, Pylos, is a landmark city on the global map of history. Built in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, next to the Ionian coast, it has a rich historical biography that rightfully provides it with a prominent and well-known personality for many important and varied reasons.
The history of Pylos extends in the depths of prehistoric times, as it has been inhabited since the Neolithic era when populations from Anatolia began spreading in the Balkans and Greece around 6,500 BC. In the Mycenaean era, Pylos had a population of up to 120,000 inhabitants. The first excavations that began in 1912 brought to light remarkable archaeological treasures. The excavations of 1952 led to the discovery of one of the first from a series of Bronze Age palaces of the kingdom of Ancient Pylos. This is the famous Palace of Nestor, a central mansion of the Late Greek Age. The journey of Pylos from the Classical era to Byzantium to the famous naval battle of Navarino in 1827, continues full of tensions and events that determined and shaped its historical and cultural identity and more. Triumphant and prideful, Pylos continues its journey in time, inviting us to see and experience the numerous aspects of its long running history.