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"The Greeks appear apt to regard with greater wonder foreign sights than sights at home. For whereas distinguished historians have described the Egyptian pyramids with the minutest detail, they have not made even the briefest mention of the treasury of Minyas and the walls of Tiryns, though these are no less marvellous."  

          Pausanias,

             2nd century AD

The beehive tomb in Tiryns

Secluded and seldom visited is this spectacular tholos (beehive tomb) in Tiryns. It is incredibly well kept, about six metres high and six meters wide, and painstakingly built stone by stone, this tomb of some important person who lived in Tiryns over 3000 years ago. Note also the three huge boulders across the entrance. How did they get them there? The tholos is really worth a visit!


From Nafplio, turn left as you come to the Tiryns acropolis (the road is signposted N. Tirintha), then follow signs to the tholos. Park at the gravel road and walk a couple of minutes through a peaceful orange grove, and eureka: the tholos is there.