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Amathous, 11km east of Lemesos centre
+357 25 635 226
Winter hours (16/9 - 15/4) Monday-Sunday: 8.15 - 17.15 Summer hours (16/4 - 15/9) Monday-Sunday: 8.15 - 19.45
Amathus was one of the most important ancient cities - kingdoms of Cyprus, where, according to mythology, the hero Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of by the local women. It was also an important place of worship of the goddess Aphrodite-Astartis. There are various and rich archaeological finds in the area, including the Market, the Public Baths, the Temple of Aphrodite, Early Christian basilicas and several graves.In antiquity it was the traditional hub for commercial and political activities. The surrounding buildings played an important role in the day-to-day life of the city. During the Roman Period the Market was organized around a large paved courtyard. Also in the area is the Temple of Aphrodite, on top of a hill on the Acropolis of Amathus. Vowels dated to the middle of the 8th century BC prove the existence of a sanctuary in the area. Throughout the centuries, the Temple of Aphrodite was an enclosed holy place for ceremonies and rituals around the altar. Perhaps there were other buildings in the area, but the worship of the goddess did not take place in a particular building. It is also believed that there were two more temples in the area of the Acropolis of Amathus, one dedicated to Adonis and the other to Hercules.