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Archaeological Site of Tiryns

The Archaeological Site of Tiryns is situated on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. Tiryns was one of the most important cities of the Mycenaean civilisation. The citadel of Tiryns is located on a rocky hill which rises about 18 metres above the surrounding Argolis Plain. Tiryns dates from 1400 BC-1200 BC. The Greek poet Homer referred to Tiryns as 'mighty walled Tiryns' because of its defensive walls. Tiryns was surrounded by a cyclopean wall, built of huge limestone boulders, ancient Greeks believed that the walls were made by Cyclops. The walls of Tiryns are impressive, they are 7-10 metres wide and 18 metres high. Just like the Acropolis of Athens and Mycenae, the citadel of Tiryns had its own underground water supply, which could be used during a siege. Tiryns was destroyed in 468 BC. All that remains of mighty walled Tiryns are the imposing ruins, the remains of a cyclopean wall and cyclopean tunnel, foundations of the buildings and remains of the gates. Nowadays, the ruins of Tiryns are overgrown with wildflowers. Tiryns is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns. The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. World Heritage Art: Wild Poppies at Tiryns

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Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Today, parts of the ruins of Tiryns are overgrown with wild plants. Tiryns is situated on the...

Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Today, parts of the ruins of Tiryns are overgrown with wild plants. Tiryns is situated on the Peloponnesus peninsula in Greece. Tiryns was a hill fort, it was built in 1400 BC-1200 BC, it was excavated by the German amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1884-1885. The Archaeological Site of Tiryns became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  1. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Today, parts of the ruins of Tiryns are overgrown with wild plants. Tiryns is situated on the...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Today, parts of the ruins of Tiryns are overgrown with wild plants. Tiryns is situated on the Peloponnesus peninsula in Greece. Tiryns was a hill fort, it was built in 1400 BC-1200 BC, it was excavated by the German amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1884-1885. The Archaeological Site of Tiryns became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  2. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Tiryns was surrounded by a cyclopean wall, built from enormous limestone boulders, ancient Greeks believed that the...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Tiryns was surrounded by a cyclopean wall, built from enormous limestone boulders, ancient Greeks believed that the walls were made by Cyclops. The hill fort of Tiryns was described by Homer as 'mighty walled Tiryns'. Tiryns is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns. 

  3. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The Great Gate is the main entrance gate and leads to the Upper Citadel and the ruins of...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The Great Gate is the main entrance gate and leads to the Upper Citadel and the ruins of the palace. The main gate of Tiryns was probably similar to the famous Lion Gate of Mycenae. From the marks in the stone gate posts, archaeologists guessed, that the wooden door which hung between the posts of the gateway was 15 cm thick.

  4. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The entrance passage to the Great Gate, the main entrance to the citadel of Tiryns. The Great Gate was...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The entrance passage to the Great Gate, the main entrance to the citadel of Tiryns. The Great Gate was similar in size and materials to the Lion Gate of Mycenae. The Cyclopean walls of Tiryns were built with massive limestone boulders, very large boulders were typical of the architecture of Tiryns and Mycenae.

  5. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The citadel of Tiryns offers an amazing view over the surrounding landscape. The palace of Tiryns...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The citadel of Tiryns offers an amazing view over the surrounding landscape. The palace of Tiryns was situated on the highest point of the citadel of Tiryns. Tiryns was conquered by the Kingdom of Argos in 468 BC. The citadel was completely destroyed, the residents left the city or were deported to Argos. From this time Tiryns remained uninhabited.

  6. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Nowadays, only the foundations of the palace of Tiryns remain, in spring, flaming red poppies are in full...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: Nowadays, only the foundations of the palace of Tiryns remain, in spring, flaming red poppies are in full bloom on the ruins of Tiryns. The palace and courtyard of Tiryns were built of huge limestone boulders, the palace was covered by a timbered roof. Tiryns is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns. 

  7. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The main gate of Tiryns is leading to the palace of Tiryns, situated in the Upper Citadel of Tiryns. The noble...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The main gate of Tiryns is leading to the palace of Tiryns, situated in the Upper Citadel of Tiryns. The noble class of Tiryns inhabited the Upper Citadel. The hidden underground cistern was situated in the Lower Citadel. The cistern was fed by a water well, very important to survive in case of a siege. Archaeological Tiryns is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  8. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The entrance to a passage, the casemates and store rooms. The eastern side of the citadel of Tiryns was...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The entrance to a passage, the casemates and store rooms. The eastern side of the citadel of Tiryns was protected by casemates. The casemates were linked by a long passage, situated between a double curtain of walls. Nowadays, the impressive corbelled passage of Tiryns is closed to the public.

  9. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The cyclopean wall nearby the underground passage, the wall was erected between the 14th and 13th...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The cyclopean wall nearby the underground passage, the wall was erected between the 14th and 13th century BC. The total lenght of the wall was 725 metres. The wall was between six and eight metres thick. Nowadays, the highest part is not more than seven metres, but originally it was about ten metres.

  10. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The cyclopean walls of Tiryns were built with roughly shaped huge boulders, the holes between the massive...

    Archaeological Site of Tiryns: The cyclopean walls of Tiryns were built with roughly shaped huge boulders, the holes between the massive limestone boulders were filled with smaller stones and clay. The ancient Greeks believed that the walls were made by Cyclops. The citadel of Tiryns and its cyclopean walls are now overgrown with wild plants such as poppies and yellow rapeseed.

  11. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - The citadel of Tiryns dates from 1400 BC-1200 BC. The hill on which Tiryns was built is only 18 metres higher than the surrounding...

    The citadel of Tiryns dates from 1400 BC-1200 BC. The hill on which Tiryns was built is only 18 metres higher than the surrounding Argolis, a fertile plain on the Peloponnese in the south of Greece. Tiryns was one of the most important centres of the Mycenaean civilisation, this great civilisation laid the foundations of the ancient Greek civilisation. Tiryns was destroyed in 468 BC.

  12. Archaeological Site of Tiryns - The citadel of Tiryns is located on a rocky hill and rises some 18 metres above the surrounding landscape. The Archaeological Site...

    The citadel of Tiryns is located on a rocky hill and rises some 18 metres above the surrounding landscape. The Archaeological Site of Tiryns is situated nearby Mycenae, on the fertile plains of Argolis, close to the town of Nafplio in Greece. The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.