Reconstruction of Megaron at Pylos
Date ca. 1300-1200 BCE
Movement Aegean | Mycenaean
The dominating feature of Mycenaean citadels (aside from their defenses) were grand megarons built next to a central courtyard. The layout of these megarons were essentially enlarged copies of earlier homes dating back to as early as 3000 BCE, featuring a central hearth and open or raised roof, allowing for the ventilation of smoke and passage of light. Here, brightly-painted plaster and limestone adorn the space, conveying a strong Minoan influence. Griffins flank the throne and the central columns stretch outward as they rise—motifs coming directly from the Palace complex at Knossos.