Kourion Archaelogical Site - Is it worth a visit?

The archaeological site of Kourion is located 19 km west of Limassol (Lemesos), on the road to Paphos. Kourion was an important city-kingdom and is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. The magnificent Greco-Roman theater was originally built in the second century B.C. and then expanded in the 2nd century. It was completely reconstructed, and today concerts and theater events are held here.

The excavations brought to light the "House of Eustólios", which in the beginning was a private villa and in the early Christian period was transformed into a public clubhouse. It consists of a bathing and a living wing with magnificent mosaic floors dating back to the 5th century BC.
The houses of the Archilles and the Gladiators are named after their respective mosaic floors.

The early Christian basilica of Kourion is dated back to the 5th century and was probably an Episcopal church with a baptistery on the north side. Other parts of the city include private houses and an impressive nymphaeum that was dedicated to the water nymphs. The stadium is about 1 km to the west and dates to the 2nd century. The covered archaeological site offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the site even in the hot summer months.

Archaeological site of Kourion in front of clouds

Stadium of Kourion

About 1 km from Kourion is the only ancient stadium discovered in Cyprus, with a capacity of 6,000 spectators. It is dated back to the 2nd century BC. Archaeological sources indicate that the disciplines of the pentathlon were held here.

Apollo Hylates Sanctuary

About 3 km from Kurion is the Apollon Hylates sanctuary. Apollo Hylates, the "protector of the forests", was the patron god of Kourion. The archaeological findings testify to a flourishing cult of Apollo from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century. The sanctuary of the god consisted of the partially reconstructed temple of Apollo, lounges for pilgrims, a palaestra (training ground for athletes), a bath complex and a sacred road.

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