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“Easy Location, Don't Miss this Neolithic UNESCO site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement

Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
Larnaka, Cyprus
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Ranked #12 of 45 Attractions in Larnaka
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Tacoma, Washington
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“Easy Location, Don't Miss this Neolithic UNESCO site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Altho relatively small, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. It was occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C.. Pretty amazing when you walk those same steps today. I am not really sure why some sites in Cyprus (or any where, actually) are granted “enhanced protection” in the event of armed conflict. For example, why wouldn't the Kourion ruins be equally "protected"? But I suppose that is a (political??) question not quite relevant for here...but it did hit me as I walked around both sites. Great view off the back side at the top. With more excavation yet to be done, this site is a a real find.
The site is properly prepared for visits (bathrooms, parking, appropriate explanatory guide posts (n Greek, English and French)) and easilyaccessed /signposted off the A-1 at the Maroni exit (and around the corner from the Classic Car restaurant and just minutes from the Tochni Tavern restaurant--both of which I also reviewed ...as well as the Olive Cafe in Skarinou --which I am about to review also!!)

Visited December 2012
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“Impressive history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Amazing what they were able to do all that time ago, and there is a great deal of remaining stonework which gives some impression of what the original site must have looked like. Great view from the top towards the back of the site.

Visited October 2012
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We went here on a rainy day and just happened to be in the area. However, I'm glad we did as it was very interesting and worth the visit. Lovely views from the top of the hill and the information was quite detailed.

Visited December 2012
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“It's an amazing Unesco site yet a bit dissapointing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I fully agree with most of the reviews. The place is well prepared for tourists. Toilets, good parking, nice paths etc. It's v.good that at the bottom of the hill some restored huts were build as it adds to the experience. The site itself shows how people lived ages ago but as the site is small and as one could expect, not much is left to see. Still, as it is 2min from the highway, DO NOT miss this Unesco site.

Visited November 2012
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“Ancient but unfulfilled”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Have to agree with other reviewers. The site is genuinely interesting. This is an ancient site, before the pyramids, and it was been well excavated and it is clear where the houses were, and the replica houses bring it all to life a little. However the information to support this is really lacking. Where are the model people showing ancient life in the replica houses. It is like the archeologists have done their work, written their scientific papers and then someone has posted a dry description on a post next to it and left it at that. This criticism could be levelled at the other historical sites on the island.
So good but could be so much more.

Visited October 2012
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