Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

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Exemplified Examples of Human Creativity Dec 04, 2012
I am scrolling the list of UNESCO world heritage sites that I've been to, when I realized I have some pending items to write - and one of these is The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns.

Well, Mycenae and Tiryns are on the eastern part of Peloponnese, Greece. Among others, the architecture and design of the Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreus of Mycenae, and the walls of Tiryns made them inscribed in 1999 at the UNESCO's list or world heritage sites.

Actually, I had this trip back in April and I'm afraid I lost track of the details. Anyway, let's see what I can remember : The site is strategically surrounded by impressive landscape. The site includes the fortification walls with two gates (Lion Gate and North Gate), the Granary House, The Great Ramp, The Palace and its annexes, the Underground Reservoir, the Cult Center and the Grave Circle.

The lion's gate catches the attention of visitors at the main entrance of the citadel. The ruins of the granary is only evidenced by stone basements. The ruins of the palaces were traced from an uneven ground with layers of terraces. The underground cistern is cut through the piles of rock that leads down deeper.

Despite the ruins, the tombs still remain. These tholos tombs are really eye-catching as they resemble the shape of a beehive.

On the other slope lies the state of the art museum.

Overall, this site is really worth a visit. Let the posted photos below vouch for it.

(On the other hand, Tiryns demonstrate its own unique characteristics - see separate story and corresponding photos).
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