Kourion - the ancient city kingdom - is built on a mount that occupies a dominant position on the coast 4 km southwest of the village of Episkopi in the Lemesos (Limassol) district. The earliest evidence of settlement in the area of Kourion dates back to the Neolithic period (4500-3900 B.C.). As per the ancient historian Herodotus, Kourion was founded by Argives in the 13th century BC, during the first wave of the Mycenaean expansion and others followed the Argives in the 12th century as a result of the Dorian invasion of Greece.
A few of the archaeological sites you will find in Kourion:
The Theatre – one of the most memorable sites to be seen in Kourion. Dating back to the 2nd century AD. It is still being used and can seat up to 3500 people.
The Baths and the Complex of Eustolios – a multi-functional structure built by Eustolios and dedicated to Christ. It is decorated with a various Christian mosaics and inscriptions.
House of Gladiators – considered to be either an elite-private house or a public wrestling school. The preserved mosaics of gladiator combats, suggest that these premises might have been used for sports games.
Forum and the Baths – this was a gathering place with baths complex that included dressing rooms, warm rooms, hot rooms and many other – all according to Roman bathing customs.
Episcopal Precinct of Kourion – one of the most important Early Christian time findings. The basilica creates the core of the precinct that was used as cathedra (seat) for the Bishop of Kourion.
The Stadium – One of the most impressive archaeological discoveries in Cyprus. The Kourion stadium was built for up to 6000 spectators and was a site of ancient sport game events.
Opening hours: Daily from 08.00 - 17.00 (November - March) 08.00 - 18.00 (April - May, September - October) 08.00 - 19.30 (June - August)