Mycenae and Tiryns are two ancient cities of the Mycenaean civilization in Greece. Their archaeological sites are today a World Heritage Site. They contain important ruins from the 15th to the 12th century BC, and are the forerunner in the development of classical Greek culture.
The archaeological site of Mycenae is located about 90 km to the southwest of Athens, in northeastern Peloponnese. It was an important centre of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC. Due to its importance, the period of Greek history between 1600 BC and 1100 BC is called the Mycenaean period.
The archaeological site of Tiryns is located to the north of the city of Nauplion, in the prefecture of Argolis in the Peloponnese. Inhabited since the beginning of the Bronze Age, Tiryns achieved the pinnacle of its development between 1400 and 1200 BC. Most notable features of its ruins include the palce, the cyclopean tunnels and massive city walls. Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November - 4 December, 1999
Photos of Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns
Mycenae Archaeological Site
Tiryns Archaeological Site
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 37 44 E 22 45 Prefecture of Argolis, Region of the Peloponnesos
Inscription Year: 1999
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, VI