The Tombs of the Kings

Tafon Ton Vasileon Travel Blog

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The entrance to one of the tombs
A couple of days later, after another period of inactivity, buffet munching and book reading, we decided to head out once more to see one more sight before we headed home. We caught a local bus from outside the hotel, and for a couple of euros it scuttled us across town to Tafon Ton Vasileon, otherwise known as the Tombs of the Kings.

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.
Inside the tomb looking out
When you first walk in the place seems a little underwhelming - there are some big rocks, some grass and the sea twinkling in the distance. My excitement was soon piqued however when we reached the first tomb and climbed down into a giant hollow boulder and started to look around.

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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The entrance to one of the tombs
The entrance to one of the tombs
Inside the tomb looking out
Inside the tomb looking out
The landscape was a bit forbidding…
The landscape was a bit forbiddin…
Looking back at the town
Looking back at the town
Oddly shaped big rock
Oddly shaped big rock
Looking through a tomb
Looking through a tomb
I was really starting to feel like…
I was really starting to feel lik…
Going down?
Going down?
And looking up...
And looking up...
Very tall flower (with strange cai…
Very tall flower (with strange ca…
Cairn
Cairn
The sea!
The sea!
Pretty flower
Pretty flower
Some nice doric columns
Some nice doric columns
A little cooler in here
A little cooler in here
Looking at a tomb
Looking at a tomb
Looking down at a tomb
Looking down at a tomb
Something still lives here - even …
Something still lives here - even…
Climbing in deeper
Climbing in deeper
This looks more like a courtyard f…
This looks more like a courtyard …
Me, very hot
Me, very hot
The lovely GF chilling out while I…
The lovely GF chilling out while …
Looking up a chimney, well or some…
Looking up a chimney, well or som…
The view across the bay to the town
The view across the bay to the town
A jumble or rocks and stones
A jumble or rocks and stones
Tafon Ton Vasileon
photo by: andytite