Tiryns ~ ancient site

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Along the path in the lower area...

As we drove on towards Naphlio we passed the ancient site of Tiryns.....  It appeared to be a huge area with immense wall blocks....  We turned around and went back to the site....  We paid 3 euros each and found the site was very small.  It had no signs and no maps at the visiters center.   They had two areas that were obviously going to be a museum but it was empty ...  It was a really great area for the museum but ...  nothing at all.    We wondered why they didn't just post pictures of what was discovered there and perhaps pictures of the excavations...  pictures are fairly cheap..... 

WE walked along to paths and saw there were quite a few confusing triangle holes.

Tiryns: Fresco 13th century: Athens museum
  The lady at the ticket booth didn't speak English so she couldn't help us on what was there....   To try to dicipher what was there we tried to look at maps in a book the ticket lady found.     I bought postcards at the center and we asked where the scenes were that were featured....  Hmmmm .... we were amazed to find out the only way to view them was to drive out along the road turn on a side road next to the site and see the area through the trees and fences.  It was a little strange. ....   but we did do it.     The area is pictured is not accessable from inside although there was a path that could have been developed about 50 more feet and it would have shown the side area. 

We enjoyed the
site.  We found  the area was one upper region and one lower one.   We went to the upper one and could see the entrance to what we believe was the cistern.
The cover of a book with the spelling...
.. it was blocked with an unattractive blue gate.  ...   the lower paths walked past quite a few of the triangular man made caves....  really.... it was fascinating.... but we didn't know what we were looking at.

The Ruins of the fortress and palace of Tyrans are older than the Mycaenae walls.  Homer mentioned the "wall-girt" cities that took part in the Trojan Wars.    The walls are truely massive.   Some of the stones used are over 13 tons each.    Tiryns flurished up to 1200 BC.  The site had famous tunnels (secret cisterns) ....  they were a huge achievement for their times....    Fragments of wall paintins and artifacts are displayed in the archaelogical useums of Nafplio and Athens.  In 1200  the Acropolis was destroyed by fire. 

sylviandavid says:
Thank you Librarian sister: Valerie....! We found quite a bit about it at the National Museum today and we can't imagine why they wouldn't have any literature as it was an important site and really quite interesting... Love you Val, Thanks. Sylvia
Posted on: Oct 26, 2008
valerieb says:
The Mycenaean site of Tiryns is located on a rocky hill on the Argolid coast of Greece, facing the Aegean Sea. The first occupation of the site dates to the Neolithic period; but the site is most famous for the Mycenaean palace, dated to the Late Helladic period (14th-13th centuries BC). Also of interest are the Cyclopean walls, fortification walls between 4.5 and 7 meters thick, constructed at the same time. Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dorpfeld excavated at Tiryns in the late 19th century.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
valerieb says:
4. Since the Helladic kings were always at war, a major concern was the source of food and water in the surrounding countryside. At Tiryns the citadel walls had corbel apertures which gave access to food or treasure storage rooms that were originally hidden. This view is from within one of the rooms toward its corbel entrance with its undressed ashlar stones.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
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Along the path in the lower area...
Along the path in the lower area...
Tiryns: Fresco 13th century: Athen…
Tiryns: Fresco 13th century: Athe…
The cover of a book with the spell…
The cover of a book with the spel…
Mycenean type walls at Tiryns...
Mycenean type walls at Tiryns...
David and a short blond who barely…
David and a short blond who barel…
the lay out of the upper area
the lay out of the upper area
Huge, Huge stones in the walls
Huge, Huge stones in the walls
Walls in the upper area
Walls in the upper area
Room or house outlines in rocks
Room or house outlines in rocks
Acrocorinth
Acrocorinth
The path way with my Keen shoe
The path way with my Keen shoe
Unusual flowers
Unusual flowers
The bush with white flowers
The bush with white flowers
some of the massive wall
some of the massive wall
Looking into the triangular hall w…
Looking into the triangular hall …
Look at how the rocks fit together…
Look at how the rocks fit togethe…
the ceiling of the walkway
the ceiling of the walkway
The entrance area...
The entrance area...
one of the rocks with a hole drill…
one of the rocks with a hole dril…
The lower area and the trail to th…
The lower area and the trail to t…
looking up at the acropolis
looking up at the acropolis
An area that was in the lower area…
An area that was in the lower are…
the Acropolis area...
the Acropolis area...
The two cisterns (we think..) .. t…
The two cisterns (we think..) .. …
Looking down the rugged stairs lea…
Looking down the rugged stairs le…
the entrance to the cisterns
the entrance to the cisterns
Hall blocked by unattractive blue …
Hall blocked by unattractive blue…
Trying to look over the door from …
Trying to look over the door from…
Another view of ugly blue door.
Another view of ugly blue door.
David... intent on photographing s…
David... intent on photographing …
the acropolis walls
the acropolis walls
An unusual rock / pottery?
An unusual rock / pottery?
David at Tiryns
David at Tiryns
on the Acropolis looking across
on the Acropolis looking across
Museum... empty unfortunately... I…
Museum... empty unfortunately... …
On the outside of the site looking…
On the outside of the site lookin…
On the out side photopgraphing the…
On the out side photopgraphing th…
3 triangle door ways....
3 triangle door ways....
sturdy fence...
sturdy fence...
Driving out of the Tiryns area... …
Driving out of the Tiryns area...…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological museu…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological muse…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological museu…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological muse…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological museu…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological muse…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological museu…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological muse…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological museu…
Tiryns: Athens Archeological muse…
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