Fire at Mycenae

An aerial view shows the extent of Sunday's fire at the treasured archaeological site of Bronze Age Mycenae, one of Greece's most visited complexes.  The citadel and museum reopened to the public on Tuesday 1st September.  The fire didn't cause irreparable damage to the site, which started from nearby grassland, due to the barreness of the area, where the Ephorate of Antiquities of Argolida had done a systematic deforestation recently which had cleared grass and bushes from the surrounding area, and the timely intervention of the fire services.  The fire did not touch the famous Lion Gate entrance, the monuments of Burial Circle A, the northern slope of the citadel or the Cyclopean walls, however, a 4 sqm piece of wall at the northern end of the citadel was slightly damaged. 

Recent photos have show that the flames had blackened the 3,250-year-old stone-built Lion Gate, the main entrance to the ancient acropolis, as in other parts of the fortified citadel, but overall the archaeological site was lucky to escape with little fire damage.  A force of 4 water-dropping planes, 2 helicopters, 56 firefighters, 2 ground teams and 17 fire engines managed to contain the blaze.