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A fortified citadel of the Mycenaeans in the Argolid, Greece, an important Bronze Age center. The palace of its rulers, a megaron opening onto a porticoed court, was decorated with frescoes after the style of the Minoans. They include one of the best surviving representations of the bull-leaping rite and the fresco of a court lady carrying an ornamental casket. The walls of cyclopean masonry contain corbelled galleries, whose construction was attributed by the ancients to the Cyclopes from Lycia. The settlement was occupied from the Early Bronze Age, but the palace and the massive defensive wall were constructed c1400 BC. Excavation also revealed an Early Helladic structure. Tiryns was destroyed c1200 BC, like other Mycenaean sites.