Destroyed by an earthquake in 365 B.C, Kourion Archaeological Museum stands upon a limestone peninsula some 100m tall, today as one of Cyprus’ most important combinations of city and kingdom. Discoveries over many decades have uncovered many findings which we will leave to you to uncover.
It is interesting to note that the museum is located on the private residence of George McFadden, Assistant Director of the University of Pennsylvania who significantly led a research team between 1934 and 1953 with the goal of uncovering history in Kourion.
The site is quite tricky to find, so the easiest way to find your way here is through Cyprus car rental.
The museum first opened its doors in 1969 and comprises of two halls containing various exhibits, including Bronze age pottery, golden jewelry, and several other historical artifacts. Possibly the most daunting, but must-see part of the experience would be the remains of residents who tragically lost their lives in the earthquake of the 4th century.
The city of Kourion, and indeed the Kourion Archaeological Site, is UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. The site is open Monday until Friday from 8 am to 3 pm, and is closed Sundays. Entry is 2.50 Euros.
As mentioned, there are two rooms within the museum which allow travelers to experience the sheer history of the site and takes them through an in-depth analysis and historical reflection of the city.
Room one is located next to the ticket office and takes guests through a step-by-step reflection of the history of Kourion. After a background of the city has been learned, the guest is then taken through the remnants of the Acropolis of Kourion, and a menacing site of the skeletons of a family who passed away during the 365 B.C earthquake.
The second room includes remains from the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, as well as artifacts from surrounding communities within the area of Kourion.
Families will enjoy spending a good couple of hours here, as there is plenty of history to see, and as the site is situated atop a peninsula, has panoramic views over the pristine Mediterranean Sea. Not only this, but being able to view the immense history of the city together is sure to bring a tear to the eye, and is something a family must experience as one.
To put it bluntly, parents, if you want your children to become more appreciative of their lives, this is a must. The archaeological site will make them think twice about asking for that next gaming console or expensive clothing item and is guaranteed to be a highly sobering experience for you and the kids. Remember, if you want to make the most out of your time here, it is strongly recommended to take a Cyprus car rental up here, promising a fun-filled, yet educational experience for all involved.
Reasons to visit
– Built on history, one of a kind
– Many famous archaeologists have been working to uncover history’s most hidden secrets
– Will make you appreciate the hardship experienced by those involved in the horrendous earthquake of 365 B.C.