Ancient KitionCurrently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
- 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
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.
- Wheelchair accessible.
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77.16% of people who visit Larnaca include Ancient Kition in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
59.43% of people start their Ancient Kition visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ancient Kition
66.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ancient Kition
Site itself is a nice, ancient getaway in the middle of the city, unfortunately not much else is made of it: limited info on the panels plus it can be hard to even find the site in the first place.
In the center of city. Important ancient sanctuary
It is good to see it, especially for the nice mosaics and its uphill location, with large and nice view on the sea
Another priceless gem of ancient civilisation. Not a whole lot to see but the story on info boards is interesting. Visit time: 30 to 45 minutes. Please note: the gate where Google maps will direct you to is closed and the entrance (and a car park) is located on the other side of the site. You can leave your car and go around (takes less than 10 minutes on foot). Well done to the one-star reviewers who got lost. If you really have to just use the wonderful miracle of GPS to guide you around. But I don't see any need for this as you just GO AROUND to get to the site entrance. Pull your head out of your bottom and realise that your own ineptitude is not a valid reason to leave a misleading one-star review.
Fantastic site. If you don't know it you will never see it because it's bad published.