Amathous Archaeological Site

One of the most important city - kingdoms of ancient Cyprus, Amathous is situated about 10 kilometres east of Lemesos (Limassol). According to mythology it was founded by King Kinyras and was also where Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be cared for after his battle with the Minotaur. It is difficult to establish exactly when the city was founded, but human presence dating back to around 1100 B.C has been traced in the Acropolis area. Over the centuries, Amathous fell victim to many conquerors (Persians, Ptolemies, Romans and Byzantines) until it was finally destroyed and abandoned in the 7th century A.D. as a result of the Arab invasions.

By the Archaic period, the city was fortified with strong walls that were further reinforced in the Hellenistic period. The southeast walls suffered serious damage from earthquakes in the 4th century. The sections defending the Acropolis were rebuilt under Justinian (527 - 565 A.D.). Later, the southeast walls were rebuilt while the north and east sections were restored in the face of the Arab threat in the 7th century.

The city of Amathous developed on two levels – the lower and the upper city (Acropolis). Excavations have brought to light the Agora complex with the stoae (covered walks), baths and other adjacent buildings, four basilicas, the sanctuary of Aphrodite, an aqueduct and the harbour, which nowadays lies under the sea level. Outside the walls lie the east and west necropolis.

Special rest rooms: available (marked)
Partly wheelchair accessible: only the lower town can be viewed

Amathous, Lemesos
Monday - Sunday: 08:30 - 17:00 (16th September - 15th April), Monday - Sunday: 08:30 - 19:30 (16th April - 15th September)
All year round
2,50 Euro. There is a reduction of 20% for groups of visitors consisting of more than ten persons. The Director of the Department can issue special entry cards for a period of one day for €8,50 for a period of three days for €17,00 and for a period of seven days for €25,00.
Agora - Amathous Archaeological Site - Lemesos
Lemesos Promenade And Sculpture Park
Panoramic Image
Amathous Harbour
The remains of the port of the ancient city-kingdom Amathous, visible today underwater
Ancient Amathous - Governor's Beach Cycling Route
For mountain bike lovers
Agios Tychonas Footway - Lemesos
Amathous Aphrodite Cultural Route
One of the most significant kingdoms where Kyprida Aphrodite was celebrated