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Tiryns, Nafplio

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
Tiryns or (Ancient Greek: Τίρυνς; Modern Greek: Τίρυνθα) is a Mycenaean archaeological site in Argolis in the Peloponnese, and the location from which mythical hero Heracles performed his Twelve Labours.

Tiryns was a hill fort with occupation ranging back seven thousand years, from before the beginning of the Bronze Age. It reached its height between 1400 and 1200 BC, when it was one of the most important centers of the Mycenaean world, and in particular in Argolis. Its most notable features were its palace, its Cyclopean tunnels and especially its walls, which gave the city its Homeric epithet of "mighty walled Tiryns". Tiryns is linked with the myths surrounding Heracles, as the city was the residence of the hero during his labors, and some sources even cite it as his birthplace.
The famous megaron of the palace of Tiryns has a large reception hall, the main room of which had a throne placed against the right wall and a central hearth bordered by four Minoan-style wooden columns that served as supports for the roof. Two of the three walls of the megaron were incorporated into an archaic temple of Hera.

The site went into decline at the end of the Mycenaean period, and was completely deserted by the time Pausanias visited in the 2nd century AD. This site was excavated by Heinrich Schliemann in 1884–1885, and is the subject of ongoing excavations by the German Archaeological Institute at Athens and the University of Heidelberg. In 1300 BC the citadel and lower town had a population of 10,000 people covering 20–25 hectares. Despite the destruction of the palace in 1200 BC, the city population continued to increase and by 1150 BC it had a population of 15,000 people.
Tiryns was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1999.
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  • A nice little site with interesting old ruins - nice to walk around in the peaceful calm... because it is on the flat rather than high up like many of the old buildings it can be appreciated better...  more »
  • Swindle. 4€ for visiting one of the oldest archaeological sites in Greece (which being World Heritage doesn’t seem much) is too much considering that there is no indication sign or detailed plan of...  more »
  • Looking for something peaceful and yet breathtaking? That’s what you need! A beautiful place with a vivid ancient spirit coming around. But be careful and don’t go in the high grass, there are ticks.....  more »
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  • Really great place to visit. Not as big as Mycene but just as lovely. Don't forget to visit the honey pot tomb which is a few minutes away by car.
  • We payed 4 Euro to go inside. But we could not find any signs to read something about this place. Also there was no protection from the sun. It was beautiful though.
  • Not as well visited as Mycenae but well worth the trip. There is still a lot of work being undertaken on the site and no signage about what is what but the Megaron is extremely obvious. Just imagine yourself as Heracles as he embarked on his twelve labours from this place!
  • Wonderful site absolutely awe inspiring structures from 1700 BC, real pity there are no inscriptions on the landmarks for visitors.
  • Great structure well done to the teams looking after the walls etc. Does justice to the ancient civilization to preserve and show off their knowledge and architecture. Apologies there aren't any photos. The stair cases and walls are staggeringly BIG!

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