Ancient Idalion Archaeological Site

  • Location

    Dali village, Nicosia

  • Tickets

    Free Admission

  • Opening Times

    Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 16:00
    Closed on weekends.

    All year round.
    Closed on Public Holidays.

  • Phone

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In the Dali Village area of Cyprus lies the significant archaeological site of Idalion, renowned for its abundant discoveries displayed in prestigious museums worldwide.

The origins of this ancient city are attributed to Chalcanor, an Achaean hero from the Trojan War and a descendant of Teucer, the founder of Salamis. According to legend, it was at Ancient Idalion where Adonis, the lover of Aphrodite, tragically fell victim to the jealousy of Aris, the Olympian God of War.

The kingdom thrived until the middle of the 5th century BC when it faced a siege and eventual capture by the Phoenician kings of Kition. Remarkable artifacts have been unearthed from both settlements and cemeteries in the surrounding region, with the earliest evidence of human habitation found in Agridi, dating back to the 7th and 5th centuries BC.

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