Cyprus – Kourion

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The archaeological remains of Kourion, one of Cyprus’ most important city-kingdoms in antiquity, are the most extensive on the island, and excavations have unearthed many significant finds. The city-kingdom was built on a hill overlooking the fertile valley of the river Kouris. The archaeological finds suggest that Kourion was associated with the Greek legend of Argos of in the Peloponnese and that  its inhabitants believed they were descendents of Argean immigrants. The once-flourishing kingdom was eventually destroyed in a severe earthquake in 365 AD.

The magnificent Greco-Roman theatre – the site’s centrepiece – was built in the 2nd century BC and extended in the 2nd century AD.

This mosaic is in the ‘House of Eustolios’, which was originally a private villa that was turned into a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period by Eustolios to comfort the locals after an earthquake destroyed many of their dwellings

The site in itself is quite spectacular overlooking the sea

The spring flowers lend a special aura to the entire site

The Earthquake House illustrates life in the city of Kourion at the time of the earthquake which destroyed it in 365 AD.

Another part of Earthquake House

The cold room, hot room and warm room of the public baths can be clearly identified.

While we were wandering around the site, a hang-glider kept appearing and re-appearing

This is one of 16 columns forming a portico built in the 2nd century AD.

The cold room, hot room and warm room of the public baths can be clearly identified.

These two gladiators have given their name to the House of Gladiators

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4 Responses to Cyprus – Kourion

  1. Helen says:

    I had no idea of this ancient history of Cyprus.
    Thanks for sharing its beauty.
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  2. The site looks remarkably free of tourists. Is this because it is pre-tourist season?
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    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      It was remarkably free of tourists. The “real season” is April to October so we arrived just before the crowds. Sometimes there were busloads but on the whole it was pretty tourisst-free.

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