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Amathus Ruins, Cyprus

The Amathus Ruins are located 11km east of Limassol centre and the site is considered to be one of the most important ancient and historical sites of Cyprus. Based on mythology, the King Kiniras was the founder of the ancient city and it was where Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be cared for after the battle with the Minotaur.

Visitors can walk around the ancient site and see rare and stunning treasures which were buried for centuries as well as the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite and the Tombs dating back to the early Iron Age period of Graeco-Phoenician.

Excavations have revealed part of the acropolis and agora areas as well as part of the upper and lower city. It is in Amathus that the world’s largest stone vase was found which is now displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris.