The vaulted tomb of Vafeio

The Mycenaean vaulted tomb of Vafeio is located inside an olive grove of the homonymous settlement and was excavated by the archaeologist Christos Tsountas in 1889.
It dates back to the early Mycenaean era (around 1500 BC).
The tomb that has a diameter of 10.20 m is the largest in Laconia. Unfortunately, its dome is not preserved today. The tomb probably belonged to a rich lord of the area taking into consideration the great burial finds found here, such as the two famous gold cups known as 'Cups of Vafeio', that are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Athens, as well as a range of weapons and gold jewelry.