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LIMASSOL

Limassol combing its roles as the second largest city, the islandís main port, the center of the wine industry and a bustling holiday resort, Lemesos emerges as a spirited and cosmopolitan seaside town. Lemesos is a lively town largely due to the character of Lemesolians, a fun-loving lot. No wonder it holds the islandís two top festivals, the pre-lenten Carnival with fancy dress balls, parades and festivities and the Wine Festival. Lemesos emerged out of two of the most important ancient city-kingdoms, Amathous, to the east of the town, and Kourion to the west, both of which are being excavated. The magnificent setting of the ancient Kourion Theatre is used for summer concerts and theatrical productions. Today Lemesos is a resort with a ten mile coastline, a busy shopping center, countless taverns and restaurants and a night life to suit tastes ranging from modest to sophisticated. A visit to the places of interest would include Lemesos Castle, which houses The Cyprus Mediaeval Museum, the Folk Art Museum, The Lemesos Municipal Art Gallery, and the Municipal GardensÖ

 

Places of interest in Limassol

 

Amathous Archaeological Site

One of the most important city - kingdoms of ancient Cyprus, Amathous is situated about 10 kilometres east of 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.

 

Baths of Amathous

Within the Amathous Archaeological site are baths of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. South of the agora is a public bath of the Hellenistic period consisting of a circular building and some other rooms just to the north. The entrance to the complex was in the north. The first room was an oblong hall Ė probably used as a roofed palestra or for races. On through the other rooms is a circular structure (tholos) that was the main bath.

 

Kourion Archaeological Site

One of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island, Kourion was an important city kingdom where excavations continue to reveal impressive new treasures. Noted particularly for its magnificent Greco - Roman Theatre, Kourion is also proud home to stately villas with exquisite mosaic floors and an early Christian Basilica among other treasures. Originally built in the 2nd century B.C., Kourionís awe - inspiring theatre is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. The House of Eustolios, consisting of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with superb 5th century A.D. mosaic floors, was once a private Roman villa before it became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period

 

Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Amathous

The Sanctuary of Aphrodite at at the Acropolis of Amathous is believed to be second only to that of Palaepafos, of which, according to the myth, it was an off shoot establishment. The Greek-style temple and the remains immediately below it, go back to the late Ptolemaic and Imperial times. Evidence of the presence of a sanctuary in the area before then includes votive offerings going back to the mid 8th century BC.

 

Agia Christina Church

Situated in the centre of Germasogeia village, this church was built in the 12th century and restored in 1996 during which 14th and 15th century wall paintings were uncovered under the plaster and restored. The church also houses an ecclesiastic museum.

 

Agora of Amathous

In antiquity, a cityís agora was the traditional hub for commercial and political activities. In Amathous, the agora was a large rectangular stone - paved area, flanked by porticoes on three sides and a monumental square fountain in the centre. The small rooms at the back of the west portico were used as shops. Along the open, fourth side on the south ran the main road of the lower city. On the other side were the Hellenistic baths. Roman baths were found on the east of the east portico. The many buildings surrounding the agora played an important role in the public life of the city.

 

Amathous Harbour

Amathous Harbour was constructed during the Hellenistic period by Demetrios Polirketes. It consisted of two parts, the outer and the inner port. The outer port measured around 100 metres by 180 metres and was delineated by wharves in the east and a breakwater in the south. Access was through an opening on the east wharf. The port had a short life as it soon silted up and the sea level dropped. By the 3rd century B.C. the harbour was used only by fishermen and by the 1st century A.D. was completely dry. Today it lies below sea level, but is easy to distinguish.

 

Kolossi Medieval Castle

Kolossi Castle is situated in the village of Kolossi, 11 kilometres west of Lemesos (Limassol). It was built in the 15th century on the ruins of a former fortress dated to the beginning of the 13th century. Some of these ruins can still be seen east of the present castle. The castle belonged to the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem and was the seat of the most important of the Commanderies that belonged to them. For a few years in the 14th century, it came under the control of the Knights Templar.

 

Kourion Mosaics

Kourion is noted for the well - preserved mosaics that decorate the floors of its stately villas. One of these is the 3rd century A.D. House of Gladiators that takes its name from a series of mosaics near its main courtyard representing gladiatorial combats. The central part of the house was an atrium. Entrance was through a stairway on the northeast corner. This opened onto another, smaller atrium joined to the central one by a corridor. The southern part of the building was destroyed, probably due to earthquakes in the 4th century A.D. To the east of the corridor is a typical bath complex. Located east of the theater, the House of Eustolios probably dates to the early 5th century A.D. and takes its name from an inscription citing Eustolios as the builder.

 

Limassol Medieval Castle

Lemesos (Limassol) Fort is situated in the heart of the old town, just above the old harbour. According to tradition, this is where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England in 1191. The exact date of the fortís construction is not known. According to Etienne de Lusignan, it was built in 1193 by the founder of the Lusignan dynasty, Guy de Lusignan but the first official reference to the fort dates to 1228, during the involvement of Frederic II of Germany in the affairs of Cyprus.

 

Panagia tis Amasgou Church

Dedicated to Panagia, this small church was built at the end of the 11th century. A rectangular, vaulted church with arched recesses and two later transverse ribs that support the vault, it has some rare mural paintings of the 12th, 14th and 18th centuries, equivalent in beauty and significance to those of Asinou and Panagia tou Araka. Part of the monastic buildings has been renovated according to the original plan. The church is situated some 20 minutes away from Lemesos (Limassol).

 

Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

Built in Lemesos (Limassol) in 1879, the church is dedicated to St. Catherine. The architect Friar Francescoda Monghidoro from Bologna followed the prevailing European artistic trends for such buildings of the time. He used a Baroque style in the interior, opting for an eclectic design for the exterior façade that is dominated by the portico. The walls on the apse and the vault are decorated with Neo-Byzantine frescoes painted during renovation work in 1979.

 

The Sanctuary and Temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion

Situated about 2,5 kilometres west of the ancient city of Kourion, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates was one of the principal religious centres of Cyprus where Apollo was worshipped as Hylates, god of the woodlands. This well - defined architectural complex in Cyprus offers insight into the development of a Cypriot rural sanctuary from the Bronze Age through to the end of paganism on the island. There were three fairly distinct building periods. The Archaic Sanctuary developed essentially in the 7th century B.C. while the Ptolemaic Sanctuary belongs to the 3rd century BC. Finally, the Roman Sanctuary dates to the 1st century A.D.

 

Theatre of Kourion

Kourion Theatre is located on the southern end of the abrupt hill on which the city is built. It was constructed at the end of the 2nd century B.C., but took its current dimensions during the 2nd century A.D. The theatre consists of a semi - circular orchestra that is surrounded by seats of the cavea (subterranean cells). It was enclosed to the south by the building of the scena frons (façade) that must have reached the height of the cavea, though today only the foundations remain. On either side of the scene were two vaulted parodoi (corridors) from where the audience entered the theatre. Kourion Theatre could seat up to 3.500 spectators.

 

Carob Museum

The Carob Mill in Lemesos (Limassol) was originally built in the early 1900s when carobs were one of the main exports of Cyprus. They were used in the manufacture of such products as film, medicine, sweets and chocolates. Most of the machinery used in processing the carobs is intact and exhibited in a building that has been renovated so as to combine the authentic atmosphere of the past with the sophisticated high tech look of the present.

 

Carob Museum and Factory - Mavros Chrysos

Unique museum housed in a traditional stone building devoted to the history of carob, including a guided tour about carob production. In the carob factory witness a demonstration of carob toffee making and taste-test a variety of traditional products such as pasteli.

 

 

Cyprus Wine Museum

Situated in the heart of the wine producing countryside a short distance from Lemesos (Limassol) in the village of Erimi, the Cyprus Wine Museum will take you on a journey through the history of wine making in Cyprus. Photographic back drops and audiovisual presentations as well as ancient jars and vases, medieval drinking vessels, old documents and instruments encompass all aspects of wine production.

 

 

Fassoula Agricultural Museum

The Agricultural Museum at Fassoula is housed in a traditional house and contains agricultural tools such as a plough, a yoke, scythe and earthenware jars to store wine or olive oil, as well as everyday objects.

 

Lemesos District Archaeological Museum

The Lemesos (Limassol) Archaeological Museum houses a rich and notable collection of antiquities, covering all the significant periods of Cyprus history. One room primarily exhibits pottery of significant historical periods, the middle room houses coins, jewellery, lamps and a variety of copper tools and wares, while the third has sculptures, tomb stones, capitals, inscriptions and other marble and limestone objects. Exhibits include many objects related to Aphrodite, such as fertility and other votive offerings, and female terracotta figurines.

 

 

 

Recommended accommodation in Limassol

Amathus 5* Limassol Cyprus

Appolonia 5* Limassol Cyprus

Four Seasons 5* Limassol Cyprus

Grand Resort 5* Limassol Cyprus

Le Meridien 5* Limassol Cyprus

L` Onda 5* Limassol Cyprus

St. Raphael 5* Limassol Cyprus

Elias Beach 4* Limassol Cyprus

Mediterranean 4* Limassol Cyprus

Holiday Inn 4* Limassol Cyprus

Mirmare 4* Limassol Cyprus

Ajax 4* Limassol Cyprus

Kanika Pantheon 3* Limassol Cyprus

Crusader 3* Limassol Cyprus

Arsinoe 3* Limassol Cyprus Navarria 3* Limassol Cyprus
Golden Arches 3* Limassol Cyprus Park Beach 3* Limassol Cyprus
   

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Things to do & buy in Limassol

Mini cruises & cruises to Egypt, Gr Islands, Syria, Israel; boat trip, VIP yacht charters from Limassol Port

Enjoy one of the nice taverns & bars, cafe, disco, local and internal restaurants.

Cinema, shopping, fishing , festivals

Quattro bikes

Dam / Sea fishing

Beach relaxing

Nature trails

Visit the limassol places of interest by guided tours or by your own

Furs

Cycling, Tracking,

Diving courses, Water Sports, Sailing,

Bowling

Horse riding

Water Parks

Spa

 

Shopping area in Limassol

The main shopping areas in Limassol are on Anexartiatis and Agiou Andreou Streets and Makarious III Ave., which encircles the whole centre of town. You will find there many clothes, footwear, leather articles and also some first class jewellery shops..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 
 

 

 





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