The Peloponnese is a rugged and mountainous peninsula in the south of Greece with an an area of 21549 sq. km. Along its coasts the climate is Mediterranean while it is continental in the interior. The Peloponnese has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The first major civilisation was the Mycenaean one centered around Mycenae in the northeast of the peninsula. During the classical period a number of powerful city states were located in the Peloponnese. After that the Peloponnese was ruled by the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottoman Turks. In the 19th century the Greek of the Peloponnese rebelled against the Turks and gained independence in 1832.
In the Peloponnese are a number of significant historical sites: the archeological site of Olympia, the temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, the ancient Byzantine city of Mystras, the ancient city of Messini, the Mycenaean sites of Mycenae and Tyrins and the sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus and the archeological site of Corinth. Nafplio in the east of the Peloponnese was the first capital of modern Greece.

Olympia photo gallery  - 34 pictures of Olympia
Epidaurus photo gallery  - 28 pictures of Epidaurus
Tyrins photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Tyrins
Temple of Apollo Epicurius in Bassae photo gallery  - 6 pictures of Temple of Apollo Epicurius in Bassae
34 photos of the site of Olympia in western Greece, where the Olympic Games originated in 776 BC
28 photos of the Greek theatre and sanctuary of Asklepios in Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage site
19 photos of the Mycenaean archaeological site of Tyrins in the western Peloponnese
6 photos of the temple of Apollo Epicurius in Bassae, which is currently undergoing restoration
Mycenae photo gallery  - 35 pictures of Mycenae
Mystras photo gallery  - 38 pictures of Mystras
Walnut tree farm photo gallery  - 3 pictures of Walnut tree farm
Watermelon plantation photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Watermelon plantation
35 photo of the archaeological site of Mycenae in the western Peloponnese in Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage site
38 photos of the Byzantine site of Mystras in the Peloponnese, with its ruins, palace, fortress, churches and monasteries
3 photos of a walnut farm in the southern Peloponnese
10 photos of a watermelon plantation in the Peloponnese
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