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Monuments in Dali

Monuments from all periods of Cyprus’ history can be found in the region. In the town of Dali lies the archaeological site of ancient Idalion, one of the city-kingdoms of ancient Cyprus. The region is linked with the Aphrodite cultural route. Its strategic position, the presence of water and fertile land were factors that contributed to the area flourishing between the 8th and 5th centuries BC. According to legend, Dali is where Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, was killed by her jealous lover Aris, the Olympian god of war. The Byzantine Church of Ayioi Apostoloi is situated at Pera Chorio in the Dali region. It contains some of the most exquisite frescoes found in Cyprus, dating back to the late 12th century and considered to be some of the most beautiful examples of Comnenian art. Of interest is the Church of Ayios Demetrianos (13th century). Mediaeval ruins can be found in the region of the village of Potamia, including those of a summer palace of the Frankish kings and queens of Cyprus and a Gothic church.

Dali is located about 20km southeast of Nicosia, on the Nicosia-Larnaca / Limassol road.

Courtesy of the CTO

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