As an immigrant myself, I love to visit this country and learn all it’s secrets. Unfortunately,it took me 1 year to visit this place,though ironic I live next to Tombs of The Kings. But once I saw it I understood the beauty and the history that lies inside.
Where,what and when?
Well, you can find the Tombs of the Kings 2 km north of Kato Paphos on the way to Coral Bay. Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis of 8 tombs and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t be mislead by the name of this archaeological site : there are no kings buried in the ground,since royal institution was abolished in 312 B.C. . This location earned it’s title due to the unique and rich characteristics of the tombs. It is believed to date back to the 3rd century B.C. . Also,it was the place where high administrative officers and about 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats and their families got to be buried. The Tombs of the Kings connects to the ancient city of Nea Paphos. This city was founded by Nikocles, the last king of Palaeopaphos. Under the rule of the Ptolemaic King, Nea Paphos became an important city.
In addition,there is evidence that the first Christians also used this site for their burials.
Worth mentioning is the fact that the place was looted many times,especially during the 19th century by the American Consol in Larnaca, known as Luigi Palma de Cesnola.
As a fan of archaeological sites,you should know what you will find in this place:
- the tombs are carved in the rock and they are similar to the house of the living;
- You will find here Doric columns and frescoed walls;
- Also the most important thing is that the excavation still continue to this day,due to the excavation of the Church of Paleokklisia.
Visit Program and Additional Information
So in the Winter (16 September to 15 April) you can visit Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 to 17:00 p.m.
In the Summer (16 April to 15 September),the site will open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30 p.m.
You will need to remember that the site will be closed during Easter,25 December and 1st of January. Also,the hours change during the Bank Holidays, so it’s better to check their website for additional information before you visit.
The price will shock you with how cheap it is to visit: €2,50 per person. All this culture available to this small amount,must be worth it. Also,good news, the site and the ticket are can be accessed by wheelchair too.
My advice to anyone who visit this amazing piece of history: you need sunscreen,a hat, water and good shoes.
All left : To answer the question in the title of why should you visit. Because is a part of this country history that will help you to understand it better and to appreciate the beauty of Cyprus from all the angles possible.