Theatre of Kourion

  • Location

    Kourion Ancient Amphitheater, 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, a significant city-kingdom in ancient times, remains one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Cyprus. One of its standout features is the theatre, positioned on the southern edge of the steep hill upon which the city was built, making it of utmost importance.

Originally constructed in the late 2nd century BC, the theatre underwent further expansions during the 2nd century AD, taking on its present dimensions. It consisted of a semicircular orchestra surrounded by seats carved into subterranean cells known as the cavea. To the south, there was a scaenae frons (façade), which must have been as tall as the cavea, but only its foundations survive today.

On both sides of the stage, two vaulted corridors, known as parodoi, served as entrances for the audience. The theatre had a seating capacity of up to 3,500 spectators.

In the early 3rd century AD, modifications were made to transform the theatre into an arena for wild animal fights. However, by the end of the 3rd century AD, the arena spectacles declined, and the theatre resumed its original purpose.

Excavations at Kourion commenced in 1933, led by the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, various University Archaeological Missions, along with the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, have continued the excavation efforts.

Today, the theatre remains a vibrant venue for numerous cultural events and theatrical performances, especially during the summer season.

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