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Ancient Kition

Ancient Kition © Sarah Murray
Ancient Kition © Sarah Murray

Kition was an ancient city-state on the southern coast of Cyprus in today's Larnaca. Some of the ruins can still be seen, featuring the remains of five temples dating back to the 13th century BC. Of particular interest is the Phoenician Temple of Astarte, which was built on the ruins of an earlier Bronze Age temple. The lower part of the northern city walls are also still visible, built of huge stones resembling Mycenaean cyclops. Residents in Larnaca are still finding artefacts all over the city, and a number of building projects have been abandoned due to fresh discoveries.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-2:30pm; Thursdays 3pm-5pm (except July and August).