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Kourion, Cyprus


Kourion was an ancient city on the southwestern coast of Cyprus.  The surrounding Kouris River Valley has been occupied for over 6000 years.


The Acropolis of Kourion, located on the coast of Episkopi Bay, is situated on top of a limestone promontory nearly one hundred meters in height. The Kourion Archaeological Area lies within the Akrotiri West Sovereign Base Area and all its antiquities are managed by the Cyprus Department of Antiquity.  Kourion is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

image4(Underfloor of Roman House)


Kourion was an urban center of considerable importance within Cyprus, reaching the climax of its influence in the Roman and Late Roman periods. The city is mentioned by several ancient authors including: Ptolemy, Stephanus of Byzantium, Hierocles, and Pliny the Elder. Though Kourion attained its highest prominence under the Romans, the Kouris River Valley has long been occupied.



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  • Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Mosaic in house of the Gladiators.
  • Underfloor of Roman House
  • Pillar
  • Mosaic
  • Mosaic

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