The Tombs of the Kings or "Τάφοι των Βασιλέων" in Greek is a large necropolis located about two kilometres North West of the Paphos harbour and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Tombs cover a distance of about 1.2 square metres. As the name suggests no kings have actually been buried here but actually it’s the resting place of 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats who died in Paphos between 3 B.C. and 3 A.D.

The tombs were used by the first Christinas , while some of them were used during the Medieval period after being altered accordingly. At the same time the area was a timeless quarry.

The Tombs of the Kings were pillaged from the 19th century. Excavations began during 1915-16 and continued with interruptions from 1937 until 1951, while in 1977 the continuous archaeological excavations of the necropolis began, until 1990. There are various types of tombs in the area: simple carved in the rock, chamber tombs that are made up of a path and one or two chamber tombs and tombs with a patio. These are the most impressive tombs and are made up of a large underground yard and are held up by limestone Doric columns. The chambers are carved on the side of where the pathways are. There is evidence that beings to the conclusion that these tombs had iconographies on them with the standard of the Macedonian tombs, which is where the Ptolemais were from.

A lot of the tombs feature Doric columns and frescoed walls. In addition, there are still archaeological excavations being carried out at the Tombs of the Kings site and due to the ongoing excavations the Church of Paleoekklisia, which depict Byzantine frescoes has been discovered. Tombs of the Kings site is situated northwest of Paphos harbour and is considered as one of the main attractions in Paphos. People across the world who love archaeological sites should visit Tombs of the kings as is one of the most amazing archaeological sites in Cyprus.

Address:

Tombs of the Kings - Kato Paphos

Tel:

357 26306295

Operating Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 08:30 - 17:00 (16th September - 15th April)

Monday - Sunday: 08:30 - 19:30 (16th April - 15th September)

Entrance Fee:

€ 2.50

Accessibility:

The entrance and the archaeological site provide access for individuals with wheelchair disabilities (Possibility of view from high above).

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