Amathus is one of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Greek hero Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be attended by local women. Amathus was an important site of worship of the goddess Aphrodite-Astarte. Archaeological finds originate from several tombs, one of which was found in the front entrance of the present Amathus Hotel, others at the Acropolis and the lower section of the town, and in five early Christian basilicas. The finds date from the Archaic to the Roman and Christian periods. A pair of enormous stone vases, the largest ever discovered,were found here, one of which is now at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The site is also linked to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
Amathus is located about 10 kilometres east of Limassol.
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 (16/9 – 15/4),
Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30 (16/4 – 15/9)
Operating Period: All year round
Entrance Fee: €2,50
Accessibility: The lower town is wheelchair accessible
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