Ancient KitionCurrently Closed
- Address: Ancient Kition, Larnaca, Cyprus
- Timings: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: 357-24304115
- Ticket Price: 3 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site
Ancient Kition - Review
A series of steady excavations over a hundred years starting in the nineteenth century revealed these ruins that date from the 13th Century BC. Kition seems to have been an important site of religious worship and human habitation. Copper smelting was an important industry at the time and Kition might have been a hotspot for it. Following the Mycenean Achaeans, the Phoenicians took over the place are said to have built a magnificent temple to Astarte sometime around 850BC, but this too was destroyed five hundred years later. Unfortunately, for all it’s important history, there isn’t much left to see here. The ruins of the shrine of Astarte, four there small temples and an opium room are the most important structures remaining. You have to be a true archeology or history aficionado to appreciate this place now because the site itself is underwhelming.
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95% of people who visit Larnaca include Ancient Kition in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
63.45% of people start their Ancient Kition visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ancient Kition
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Ancient Kition, Larnaca Reviews
Fascinating. I last visited nearly 30 years ago. Certainly much effort has been made since then. Rather than a poorly printed guide book there are now plaques with labelled photos and explanations in Greek and English. The name of Kition is derived from Kittim, the grandson of Noah, and is preserved in the title of the local bishopric and a local village, Kiti. Larnaca really is a very ancient place.
The ruins of an ancient city. Not very impressive but intetesting. Be aware that the entrance is from the Archiepiskopou Kyprianou Street. The spot where the google navigator leads you is the old entrance and it is closed.
An ancient archaeogocial site. The site is quite small and you probably won't spend much more than 10 or 15 minutes here, unless you are really into archaeology
Be aware that the south gate is closed and you need to use the north gate. It got pretty twisted as there are not enough signs to get there
2.5 Euros. Well worth it. 1300 BC! Zeno's House!