Giant old theatre
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along leaving the goddess behind and head for an area with some old remains
from a big ancient city. The Ancient city of
way up on top of a hill looking out over the Mediterranean and up there I start
wandering around for a while the first stop is the old bathhouse - most of the
house walls has been destroyed long ago so there is only a few remains of the
construction but the mosaics is still fairly intact.
Considering the size of some of the ancient theatres this is not super big with only 3.000 seats but it has a fair size and is pretty well preserved. The only thing lacking a bit is the stage area where there is not really very much left. From the top you can see the ocean once more.
After the visit to the theatre it is time to head down the road for half a mile or so. On the way I see how the Romans produced all those columns there is a prime example right there next to the path - made out of genuine plastic and hollow. I wonder how this could keep up anything but hey plastic must be stronger and more durable than I realized.
Down at the
end of the path is the old Roman forum and an old Christian basilica. Both of
the places is somewhat destroy. One of the reasons I can see at the Forum where
there is a little circular pit which has been used to turn the marble columns
into lime at some stage in the middle ages.
In the forum area is the old bath house which still has some of the mosaics present and you can see some of the foundations for the hot baths - they kind of explain how they worked but I still don’t really get it.
After the forum there are a couple of houses they are named after the mosaics which were found in the houses. The first is the house of the gladiators which may have been a private house or it may have been some sort of semi public house. After this house is the house of Achilles which naturally is named after the mosaics depicting scenes from the life of the hero.
On a small
side track is a little house called the earthquake house - because it is just a
little bit away from the other attractions it seems like only a tiny fraction
of the visitors bother to walk those extra few hundred yards - but hey I don’t
care that only mean you can have the site to yourself.
I am finished with the main site now but there is a little extra bonus attraction down at the beach - an old beach cathedral which I kind of wanna go and see - I head down to the beach and see the many columns of the old basilica unfortunately the building is sealed off so I can’t really get as close as I would like but it is possible to see most of the site by look over the wire fence.
bit down the road from the ancient Kurion is the old stadium where the
inhabitants of the city could come and watch different sports game takes place
between the old athletes of the day.
Even further down the road is an old temple to worship of Apollo. There are some buildings left and there is yet another old bathhouse with a nice little bit of mosaic flour. The place has been used for sacrifices to a god for a very long time. There has been found a piece of pottery dating from 2300 BC which indicate the same spot have been used for sacrifice long before Apollo was a god. The old sacrificial alter is a strange sight. It is only a little round pit and apparently it is not because it has been destroyed - it has simply always been like that. Later the Romans put in several big additions to the old small place of worship including a big temple to Apollo. But the sacrificial alter was still round but now it was placed inside a big temple.
preserved part of this area is actually some strange buildings.