Wildfire stopped at gate of archaeological site of Mycenae in Greece
The Bronze Age fortress city Mycenaeflourished centuries before the major Acropolis monuments were built in Athens and was a major center of Mediterranean civilization. Flames blackened the 3,250-year-old stone-built Lion Gate, the entrance to Mycenae.
Four water-dropping planes and two helicopters helped dozens of firefighters contain the blaze on the 30th of August. Mycenae is of one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites.
“The damage caused by yesterday’s fire was the least possible,” culture minister Lina Mendoni said during a visit to the site on Monday. “The fire service acted swiftly and prevention measures worked: dry vegetation had all been cleared away. That’s what saved the monuments.”