The Tombs of the Kings
Tafon Ton Vasileon Travel Blog› entry 5 of 5 › view all entries
May 29th, 2009 – by: andytite
The site is unmarked, again showing the Cypriot disdain for signposting things, but once we figured out where we were and paid our pittance we went in. The whole place is a bit misnomered, as the tombs were not for kings, rather for nobles and the rich of the island. There are over a hundred different tombs, that are lovingly constructed using Doric columns (I'm no architecture buff - thanks guidebook!) in the third century BC.
The tombs were oddly awe inspiring. They were peaceful and impressive - a fitting place for someone to be buried, even though there are no corpses here now.
As we went further into the site, I started to get more and more excited and feel more and more like Indiana Jones. It may have been the heat, it may be that I am a repressed child, it may be that I'm just daft but my imagination started to run away with me as I scrambled and scampered in and out of tombs, up and down stairs, through holes, columns and pits. I kept imaging mummies, monsters, treasure and odd runaway boulder at every turn. The GF smiled and shook her head in despair as I ran around like a little child.
It was hot and sticky, but it was great fun! Hot and tired, I finally flopped down next to my beloved who suggested we go for a drink and I put on more sunscreen. I agreed. (I got a little carried away with the camera as well - as you may notice from the over abundance of photos below...)
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