Kourion was an ancient city to the southwest shores of Cyprus , located on the west coast of Limassol in the small town of Episkopi .It is one of the most famous ancient attractions here in Cypru and it is situated 18km west of Limassol. Kourion is renowned for its importance, as historical sources suggest it was a major ancient city Kingdom of Cyprus.Herodotos and Stravonas both mention that it was a colony of the Argion, one of the most rich and powerful kingdoms of Cyprus. It is mentioned in the “prism of Asarhadon” 673-672B.C along with other kingdoms in Cyprus (Idalion, Kition , Salamina , Hitri , Tamasso,Lidra and Soloi). According to mythology, the well-known owner of Kourion was Curieus the son of Kiniras. The residents called him Curieus and Curias.
The town of Kourion is well known for its mosaics which decorate the floors in magnificent mansions and yards. One of the most well-known mansions is the house of Achilles, with a variety of mosaics on the floors. It is dated to the 4th century A.D and it took its name from the Greek hero of mythology.
The anceint Kourion Theatre
The ancient Kourion theatre is located at the most southern part of town. It was built during the end of the 2nd century B.C but it has been altered to its dimensions which are found today, during the 2nd century A.D. It has a capacity of 3.500 spectators and a majestic view towards the Mediterranean. The theatre was closed towards the north, however only ruins are found today. To the left and right of the stage there are two arched pathways from which the viewers would enter.
Furthermore, Kourion hosts a considerable amount of impressive musical and theatrical events in its magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheater. t The site overlooks the beautiful Mediterranean sea complimenting surrounding monuments which mostly date from the Roman period. These include the Forum, the Nymphaeum, the Fountain House, the House of the Gladiators, the House of Achilles and the Public Baths.
Location - Address: 19km west of Lemesos on Lemesos-Pafos road, Lemesos
Operating period: All year round
- Open daily: 08.00 - 17.00 (November - March)
- Open daily: 08.00 - 18.00 (April - May, September - October )
- Open daily: 08.00 - 19.30 (June - August)
- Entrance: € 1.70
- Tel: +357 25 991 048 / +357 25 934 250