Salamis

Salamis, Famagusta

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Fred G
Milton, Canada574 contributions
We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited the Ancient Roman City of Salamis, the site of which extends over an area of one square mile and not all of it has been excavated-it still remains an archeological dig.
We visited the 55,000 seat amphitheater complete with VIP seating, and an orchestra pit. The first was destroyed by an earthquake and the one that stands today was from the 2nd century AD. On our way to the Roman baths we were told to stay on the paths because the 32˚ heat would bring out the vipers!
The complex array of baths, both hot and cold was amazing. There was a latrine built for 44. The ingenuity and technology used at the time is mind boggling. The excess bath water was drained into the latrines which were at least 50m away. We also saw the oldest fresco in Cyprus, remarkable that some of it still exists.
Written July 3, 2022
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Micutzu-103
Bucharest, Romania715 contributions
This was one of the most beautiful ancient cities we have visited. The ruins are well preserved and the access is easy. You can visit all the buildings that forms a roman city: forum, therm, houses, etc...
If you are visiting Northern Cyprus, then you definitely should visit Salamis ancient city.
Written January 11, 2020
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Anita2301
Split, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia14 contributions
I didn't expect such well preserved theatre, so I was blown away when we got there. Another great thing was that there were practically no people, so we could take our time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the ruins. The greek remains were very impressive, and the whole visit exceeded our expectations.
Written February 29, 2020
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Jane J
Kidderminster Worcs91 contributions
Great site to visit if you are into ancient ruins. Remains from different periods, roman, byzantine ect. Very large area to explore if you take your time. Very reasonable entrance fee, can be paid in turkish lira or euros. Iwould strongly advise a visit if you are in Northern Cyprus
Written January 31, 2020
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Tim H
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Our guide, Hilal, was very informative, in English, about this site. It is not extremely well developed, but given the biblical connection to Paul and Barnabbas, it is a worthwhile visit if one is interested. Nearby is the church and crypt of St. Barnabbas, a native cypriot, and the town of Famagusta with an enormous castle-like wall containing a charming pedestrian area; amd two gothic cathedrals, now mosques.
Written July 14, 2022
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ExPatpieMon
113 contributions
Couples
Visited here with a group tour via Jet2.
I thought the place looked sad and not well preserved.
It looked impressive on paper, but underwhelming in reality.
Been there done that.
Kourion is far more impressive.
Written January 5, 2020
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presfordrules
Chicago, IL4 contributions
Just a short drive from the main town, the ruins are just off the parking lot. Not overrun with visitors, but a sprawling gymnasium and baths complex and wonderful ampitheatre are highlights. The short loop takes you to all you need to see. We did the longer walk, which goes through brush for a while before coming to much less impressive ruins.
Written February 2, 2020
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nsander219
Chelmsford, UK548 contributions
This is quite a vast site with the few excavated item quite well spread out. A visit will mainly be focused on the Theatre and Gymnasium and Associated Baths etc. There is a good semi - circular Latrine close by. All are interesting but be aware there is no shade on the site so hat and water are necessary.
We were informed, on asking why the site wasn't being worked on, that being considered an illegal country no Archeologist would get involved for fear of being ostracised. Shame because there must be huge amounts yet to be found.
Good cafe near the entrance.
Written May 9, 2022
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Allan L
Santa Barbara, CA39 contributions
Solo
The Greco-Roman city of Salamis is five miles north of the north Cypriot town of Famagusta. It’s not as impressive a site as, say, Ephesus in Turkey, but it is situated much more beautifully right by the sea. In fact, you can walk from the site directly on to the beach and take a swim. If you bring a snorkel, you can see old chunks of pottery littering the sea floor in places and, at the far south tip of the site, ancient Roman sarcophagi can be seen in water about six feet deep. Bring your underwater camera. Salamis is a big site and if you’re serious about Roman ruins you should give yourself a few hours, maybe with a swim in between, so wear your suit under your clothes and bring a towel. The site is not well marked and good maps are a bit hard to find though you can get a general map when you buy your entry ticket. There’s a good account of the main parts of the site in the guide ‘In a Contested Realm: An Illustrated Guide to the Archaeology and Historical Architecture of Northern Cyprus’, which you can get from any on-line booksellers (you cannot get it in Cyprus itself, so buy it ahead of time). There’s a beach at the entrance to the site as well and a wonderful patio-style restaurant that serves pretty good food—not fancy—at fair prices. There’s not a lot of shade so bring your hat and good walking shoes. It’s just one of the many highlights in this immediate region, along with Famagusta, the ruins of the Bronze Age City of Enkomi, the Greek Orthodox church and monastery of St Barnabas, and the Kings Tombs.
Written June 20, 2014
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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
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Located not very far from Famagusta you could easily spend a day visiting Salamis and the Old Town of Famagusta.

There is still a lot to be seen although ruins were heavily used to build Famagusta, even the Suez Canal by the British.

Salamis is situated right by the beach. It used to be one of the most important cities in its time. The old Salamis ruins span through many centuries from Greek classic era to dereliction in VII century because of sinking port.

Upon paying the entrance fee you will be given an information booklet. The fee is 9TL.

What I did not like here and worried me was the fact that people wander freely through the ancient ruins, walk upon the ancient tiles of the mosaics which are already breaking up under the ravages of traffic and weather. It is still promoted as a ruin and I guess man will continue to ruin it. In any event it is a site worth visiting, but at least respect it.

There is a car-parking close to the entrance, a picnic area around and also a café bar.
Written March 6, 2015
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