Sanctuary of Apollon Hylates

  • Location

    Temple of Apollo Hylates, Episkopi, Limassol

  • Tickets

    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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Apollon Hylates, known as the God of the Woodland, served as the guardian deity of Kourion, and it is believed that people worshipped him at this location from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The sanctuary dedicated to him held great religious significance and underwent several expansions and modifications during various periods.

Originally, the site comprised a temple (traces of which remain in the foundations of the current temple), a circular monument, and a structured Archaic Altar and Precinct. During the Roman era, further additions were made to the site, including the south and north buildings, which might have been utilized to exhibit votive offerings or accommodate visitors. The temple served as a repository for terracotta figurines and pottery collected from the 5th century BC to the Roman period, which were eventually interred in a votive pit.

Most of the monuments visible today date back to the 1st century AD restorations, and they include a partly restored temple dedicated to Apollo, pilgrim halls, a 'palaistra' used for athletic exercises and games, a bath complex, and a sacred precinct.

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