From ancient kingdoms to medieval churches, from the neoclassical buildings of the historic center to the locations of natural beauty, the attractions of Limassol are varied and impressive. There is an abundance of activities, for every age and taste, to complete the unique experience of visiting the city and the province of Limassol.
Kourion Ancient City
Kourion is one of the most impressive ancient locations of Cyprus and the entire Mediterranean. It has become a city kingdom at around 12th-11th BC after the arrival and settlement of Greeks (Achaeans) colonists in Cyprus. According to tradition this happened after the end of the Trojan War. Kourion was one of the wealthiest kingdoms of Cyprus. The devastating series of earthquakes that affected Kourion in the second half of the 4th century AD were the beginning of the city’s decline. The beginning of the Christian period was the end of the worship of Apollon Ylates and that automatically meant am important reduction of visitors in the city of Curium. That period economically affected the city.
The most important monuments of the ancient city of Kourion, which survive until today, are the Amphitheatre, the Market (Roman agora), the Roman baths, houses of Achilles, of the Gladiators and of Eustolios with the great floor mosaics.
The Ancient City of Amathus
The city of Amathous was developed on two levels, the lower and the upper city (Acropolis). The acropolis of Amathus, which is built on a hill, east of Limassol, used to be a natural fortress and an observatory. When the acropolis was abandoned in the late 7th century, life moved to the lower town and became one of the major city-kingdoms of ancient Cyprus. Excavations revealed the Roman market complex, the baths, four basilicas, the sanctuary of Aphrodite, an aqueduct and the port which is currently below the sea level. Outside the walls of the city visitors can see the east and west necropolis (cemeteries).
At the entrance of the Venus temple there used to be two monolithic jars half sunk in the earth, so big that could be recognized from far away. One survives still there, in pieces. The second one is in the Louvre museum.
Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates at the ancient city of Kourion is one of the main religious centers of ancient Cyprus where Apollo the God of Forests was worshiped. Apollo was the main cult deity in this specific temple which also was one of the most popular temples of the island.
'Miristiko' Botanical Garden
This evergreen garden, brimming with the scents of Cyprus nature all year round, is a special spot where you can get to know the most genuine products of the island. Just a few steps away from the majestic Medieval Castle in Kolossi, “Miristiko” is a space that will enchant you with its graces.
Municipal Public Garden & Zoo
The Zoo within the Park was created in 1909 and used to host many kinds of birds. The zoo as we know it today occurred by a random event back in 1954 when a Limassolian Ms. Grigoraskou, donated her little monkey pet. Other donators followed her example later. John Wilkes, an American, donated an elephant named Jully.
Limassol District Archeological Museum
The Museum houses antiquities that cover the development of civilisation on the island from the 9th millennium to the end of the Roman period. The finds are the result of systematic and rescue excavations of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and of foreign Archaeological Missions.
The 'secret' lake of Amiandos
A location filled with mystery thanks to its unique morphology. A lake appears between large rocks, carved out after decades of asbestos excavations. The wild beauty of the location, and the unexpected water element create a truly unique spectacle.
Agios Ermogenis (Episkopi)
In Episkopi village, east of the ancient city of Curium, stands a unique and relatively ancient church, dedicated to Saint Ermogenis. Built with rough stones, this small church hides a long history behind it.
The Medieval Castle of Kolossi in Limassol, also known as Koulas, is one of the most important fortresses from the Frankish period in Cyprus that are preserved to this day.
Cyprus Wine Museum
The Cyprus Wine Museum is located at the birthplace of the European Wine, Erimi village, with a wine history of more than 5500 years. It features a unique thematic exhibition and in collaboration with the Cyprus Museum presents a collection of archaeological findings and exhibits.
Filippos Yiapanis Sculpture Museum
North of the city of Limassol, near the village of Fasoula, one will find the sculpture museum of self-taught sculptor, Filippos Yiapanis. The Famagusta refugee created his own art refuge just outside of Limassol, as a symbol of his return to his home.
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