Category Archives: Cyprus

Cyprus – Paphos – Tombs of the Kings

The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis lying about two kilometres (little over a mile) north-west of Paphos harbour in Cyprus.

The underground tombs, many of which date back to the 4th century BCE, are carved out of the solid rock, and are thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the third century CE (the name comes from the magnificence of the tombs; no kings were in fact buried here). Some of the tombs feature Doric columns and frescoed walls. Archaeological excavations are still being carried out at the site. The tombs are cut into the native rock, and at times imitated the houses of the living.

Cyprus – Lemesos – Temple of Apollo

Limassol, lying between the ancient kingdoms of Kourion to the west and Amathus to the east, is the second largest town in Cyprus. Together with the suburbs surrounding it, it is already a large town, and is continually expanding in a coastal zone. It is a modern town, with fine residences, modern buildings, shops, luxury hotel complexes, countless restaurants & Taverns, and entertainment places to cater for all tastes.
The Apollo Temple, Near Limassol, is part of the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the ancient god protector of forests.

Cyprus – Kiti – Angeloctistos Church

The main part of Panagia Angeloktisti, which literally means “Our Lady built by the angels” in Greek, dates from the 11th century and still serves as a working church for the busy village. During our visit, locals from various walks of life – an old lady dressed head to toe in black, a construction worker from the building site down the road and a dentist from across the street taking a break from drilling teeth – all stopped in to offer up a quick prayer and kiss an icon or two. It’s nice to see such a venerable old building still in active use.

The church was built on and around the remains of a 6th century Christian basilica, the apse of which – and the fabulous mosaic of the Virgin Mary which serves as its stunning centerpiece – still survive today. Intriguingly, the mosaic was only “discovered” in 1952 during renovations. The original construction has clearly been added to and sympathetically restored in parts, and the standard is such that you can hardly differentiate between the ancient and the relatively new.