Ancient Idalion

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History being unearthed. Oct 07, 2017
The ancient city was founded according to legend by the Achaean hero of the Trojan war, Chalcanor who was a descendant of Teucer the founder of Salamis in Eastern Cyprus.

One of the most important sites in Cyprus it's rich finds now adorn some of the most famous museums in the world including the Louvre and British Museum.

In reality the city was founded on the copper trade in the 3rd millennium BC. Its name in the 8th century BC was "Ed-di-al" as it appears on the Sargon Stele of 707 BC, and a little later on the nl:Prism of Esarhaddon. Recent excavations have uncovered major buildings on the site which are open to visitors. The new museum was opened in 2007 and is suprisingly good and well done for a site in an out of the way area.

The city Kingdom was the centre of the worship of the Great Goddess of Cyprus Wanassa or Queen of Heaven more famously known as Aphrodite. Along with her consort the Master of Animals. This worship appears to have begun in the 11th century BC and continued down through the Roman Period. The kingdom flourished until the middle of the 5th century B.C., when its capital was besieged and captured by the Phoenician kings of Kition.

The buildings we see are the remains of a Royal Palace .Worth a visit as a side trip to Nicosia. It's good to see the places that the finds come from. Work is ongoing so we hope to see many more finds unearthed.
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