Apollo Ylatis Sanctuary

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Lemesos (Limassol)

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Kolossi Castle
14 km West of Lemesos, on the road to Pafos
A fine example of military architecture originally constructed in 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of 15th century. After the fall of Acre in 1291, it served as Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 14th century, it came for a few years under the domain of Knights Templar. Nearby are the ruins of a sugar mill dating to 14th century.

Kourion Museum
14 km West of Lemesos, 4 km before Kourion site, at Episkopi village, Tel: (05) 23 24 53
Collection of finds from nearby archaeological sites, exhibited in a beautiful old house.

19 km West of Lemesos, on the road to Pafos
An important ancient city-kingdom and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island, where excavations still bring new treasures to light. The magnificent Graeco-Roman Theatre was originally built in 2nd century BC and is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. The House of Eustolios, originally a private Roman villa, became a public recreation center during the Early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. Early Christian basilica dated to the 5th century was probably Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistery attached to the North face. House of Achilles and House of Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. Nymphaeum, dedicated to water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure. Stadium lies 1 km to the West on the right side of the road to Pafos and is dated to 2nd century AD.

Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis
3 km West of Kourion, on the road to Pafos
Apollo Ylatis, God of Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion.
The cult of Apollo was celebrated here from 8th century BC to 4th century AD. Southwest side of the temple has been restored and excavations have also revealed other structures of this important sanctuary, such as bath complex, pilgrim halls, palaistra and a holy precinct.

Amathous Ancient Site
11 km East of Lemesos town center, close to Amathus Hotel
One of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus, where according to mythology, Theseus left pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of, after his battle with Minotaur. A very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarte flourished here. Excavations have revealed parts of Acropolis and Agora areas, as well as part of the upper and lower city. Remains including five early Christian Basilicas date from the Archaic, Roman and Christian periods.


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