Kourion Archaeological Site

  • Location

    Kourion, Episkopi, Limassol

  • Tickets


    Pensioners, Children, and Students - Free
    For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
    The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards - €8,50, three (3) day entry cards - €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards - €25,00.

  • Opening Times

    September 16 - April 15, daily: 08:30 - 17:00
    April 16 - September 15, daily: 08:30 - 19:30

    All year round.
    Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).

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Kourion, one of the island's most significant city-kingdoms in ancient times, boasts remarkable archaeological remains that have been extensively excavated. These findings can be explored at the site.

Built atop hills, the city-kingdom of Kourion commanded a view of the fertile valley of the river Kouris. Archaeological evidence suggests a connection between Kourion and the Greek legend of Argos of Peloponnese, with its inhabitants believing they were descendants of Argean immigrants. Unfortunately, the once-thriving kingdom met its demise due to a devastating earthquake in 365 AD.

The centerpiece of the site is the magnificent Greco-Roman theater, constructed in the 2nd century BC and later expanded in the 2nd century AD. After restoration, the theater now serves as a venue for open-air musical and theatrical performances, particularly during the summer, attracting numerous high-caliber cultural events.

Located east of the theater, the 'House of Eustolios' stands as a significant building. Initially a private villa, it was later transformed into a public recreation center during the Early Christian period. Though not large in size, the villa was well-appointed and lavishly adorned. The remains feature exquisite 5th-century mosaic floors in the central room and a bathing complex at a higher level to the north, accessible by steps. A roof structure enables year-round exploration of the site.

The baths were situated to the north and east of the central room, with cold baths (frigidarium) and foot-baths. The hypocausts, responsible for heating the medium (tepidarium) and hot (caldarium) rooms, are visible on the west side. The caldarium still showcases built-in basins for hot baths and firing chambers to carry hot air through the hypocausts, circulating beneath the terracotta tiles of the floor through specially-cut flues.

The 'House of Achilles' and the 'House of the Gladiators' are two other noteworthy locations on the site, featuring impressive mosaic floors that give them their names.

The remains of the Roman Agora, dating back to the early 3rd century with later additions from the Early Christian period, can also be observed. This structure was built upon the remnants of an earlier public building, utilized from the end of the 4th century until the end of the Hellenistic period. Surrounding the Agora are porticos with marble columns on both sides, and nearby stand an impressive public bath and the Nymphaeum, a small temple dedicated to water nymphs.

Additionally, an early Christian basilica, dating back to the 5th century, can be found on the site, accompanied by a separate baptistery on the external northern side.

Finally, the Stadium of Kourion is located 1km to the west, on the right side of the road leading to Pafos.

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