Tomb of Kings
Tomb of Kings Road, Paphos, Cyprus
Tomb of Kings Paphos Reviews
Tomb of Kings Jul 26, 2010
This impressive necropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 4th century BC. It wasn't actually Kings, but aristocrats and other high officials from the times of Alexander the Great's rule of Cyprus that are buried here. As a side note of historical reference, during Cyprus' Hellenistic and Roman periods, Paphos was actually the island's capital, thus the reason for the Tomb of King's location. However, I like to think if I was going to be buried (and one day rise from the dead) as was tradition and belief during this period, I wouldn't mind being beside the Mediterranean Sea!
The Tomb of Kings is situated a mile away from Paphos harbor that leads to Coral Bay and is located on the Tombs of the Kings Road. Hey, the Greeks are not known for their creative names! As an experiment just ask any Greek person how many "Nick"s they know. Be prepared to hear the rattling off of "nicknames" (Big Nick, Old Nick, Blue-eyed Nick, Nick with a limp, etc).
But I digress....
The Architecture, large rock cut burial chambers with a central atrium, were created in same style of some of the famous colossal tombs in Alexandria, Egypt. All the tombs have been excavated, so if you are interested in seeing the ancient discovery that were unearthed here (jewelry, plates, lamps) head over to the Paphos District Archaeological Museum. The discoveries from large tomb complexes and some smaller size tombs are stored there and well worth the trip.
There is an entrance fee of only one euro and it's free on a Sunday (because you should visit the dead on Sunday - ???). A guide book only costs one euro and is handy to have while you are exploring. Give yourself at least 2 hours to walk round.
If you go in the summer months, be aware this site is open and very exposed to the sun. Take water, sunglasses and a nice sun hat would also be helpful! There is also some steep drops in some of the tombs so be mindful of where you are walking. As a reward for putting up with the sun, there are some wonderful views of the sea from the Tomb of Kings. Take a camera and enjoy!
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