Ancient Kourion in Cyprus
For a day away from the beach, take about a 20 minute drive to the ancient Kourion Archaeological Site. The oldest remains on the settlement date back to the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. There are a lot of magnificent and prehistoric ruins to see.
Among them are the well-preserved excavated stadium, the theatre, the Complex of Eustolios and the Achilles Mosaics. A rich inhabitant lived in the Complex of Eustolios that dates back to the end of the 4th century. The lavish structure consisted of multiple rooms, two courtyards and its own baths. Beautiful hand crafted mosaics lined the pavements and covered the majority of the building's floors.
One of the main religious centres of Cyprus can be visited on site at The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, where Apollo was once worshipped as the god of the woodlands. Dating back to the 8th century BC, the majority of the monuments can still be seen today. Be in awe of the terracotta figurines, the foundation of the temple structure and a stone platform, which could have been used for rituals and dances around a grove of sacred trees.
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