Kition Archaeological Site

Kition Archaeological Site, Larnaca

Kition Archaeological Site
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3.5
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Walter Hartright
2 contributions
An experience not worth the struggle
Sep 2021 • Friends
A few remnants of some old buildings without too much history under a scorching sun for 2.5 euros? Sign me in!

Nothing worth looking at, you can just walk around it and see 90% of the "buildings" inside.
Other 10% are some trash and grass which are not being removed.

Don't recommend.
Written September 22, 2021
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zuni P
Lagunitas, CA654 contributions
Not much to see
Jan 2020 • Solo
As I said - not much to see - but I like to support these sites cause it’s important
Easy to walk to and it’s quite near to a British cemetery-
Written February 25, 2020
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Danks Knows
Shoalhaven, Australia2,007 contributions
Disappointing Archeological site.
Sep 2019
Paphos is the place to go on Cyprus for Archeological sites. This Archeological site just outside the centre of Larnaca is very small. It is also very disappointing that the site is NOT open on weekends. I walked out there only to find it closed.
Written September 9, 2019
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Susan B
Seattle3 contributions
Only partially developed, but interesting nonetheless
May 2019 • Friends
This hard to find excavation of the old port of Larnaca (which is now many kilometers away) demonstrates the base structures which supported the port buildings. These is also a small museum with schematics and sketches of the former flora and fauna of the site. It is near the glarger archaeological museum which we found closed for the Orthodox Easter weekend.
Written June 4, 2019
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Mark
Amersham, UK1,751 contributions
Small, in Larnaca, not really worth it
Apr 2019 • Couples
Our child wanted to come here because it was an ancient Carthaginian site. It was interesting but not especially impressive.
Written May 20, 2019
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Anette O
Camberley, UK16 contributions
Impressive.
Mar 2019 • Couples
We were quite surprised by the site and what there was to see. The staff was helpful but information is faded and the site is overgrown outside the site
Written March 29, 2019
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George H
Toronto24 contributions
Don't take the time
Feb 2019 • Couples
Unfortunately very little effort has been put into this site. The signage is so faded that it is very difficult to make out what is written about the scattered remains. When I asked if the descriptions would be replaced I got a shrug from one of the staff.
Written February 21, 2019
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Elena P
Romania4,710 contributions
2.5euro, worth a visit
Feb 2019 • Couples
For 2.5euro it worth a visit. It was interesting to walk and read about the facts that happened a long time ago. Especially if there is a good sunny day.
Written February 18, 2019
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Elias Saad
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates706 contributions
History of ancient kition
Aug 2018
Small but a must visit if you near larnaca , below are the story

The site of the modern town of Larnaca was originally colonized by Mycenaeans in the 13th century BC. During this time the place was known as Kittim in the Bible, and the prophecy of Balaan said that "ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, and they shall afflict Ashur, and shall afflict Eber."

Like many other Mediterranean towns, Kittim had declined by about 1000 BC. Two centuries later, it was re-established by Phoenicians as Kition. It resumed its former role as a port exporting copper and enjoyed a subsequent period of great prosperity.

Persian influence arrived in 450 BC but ended a century later with the Hellenistic takeover of the entire island of Cyprus. This period saw the birth of Kition's most famous son, the Stoic philosopher Zeno.

Christianity arrived early at Kition, traditionally through the preaching of Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead in Jerusalem. According to legend, Pharisees tried to dispose of the miracle by casting Lazarus to sea in a leaky boat, and he sailed safely to Cyprus. He became Kition's first bishop and later its patron saint. His tomb was for a time enshrined in the Church of Ayios Lazaros.

In the 7th century, Kition suffered the same Arab raids as other coastal settlements of Cyprus. It did not recover until the Genoese appropriation of nearby Famagusta led merchants to move here to take advantage of the port. In this era, the settlement was called Salina or Les Salines, after the inland salt lake.

It was with Ottoman rule that the city got its modern name of Larnaca, from larnax, meaning a sarcophagus. By the 18th century, Larnaca was the premier port on Cyprus and the home of numerous foreign consuls. It was only after World War II that Larnaca fell behind Famagusta and Limassol in importance.
Written August 25, 2018
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cw f
Brasschaat, Belgium187 contributions
Oldest capital
Apr 2018 • Friends
Nice to see how everything is being repaired. Very interesting place. Should be one of the highlights of historical Kiti. Clear explanation on several boards.
Written July 31, 2018
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