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Minister describes Hercules mosaic as ‘incredible’

Transport, Communications and Works Minister Marios Demetriades on Thursday described as unique the mosaic floor that came to light in Larnaca recently.

The mosaic floor was uncovered on Ayios Neofytos Street in Larnaca during excavation work for the construction of the city’s sewage system. Preliminary estimations suggest it depicts the Labours of Hercules and that it dates to the Roman Period.

Demetriades visited Larnaca on Thursday and met the acting mayor and councillors, and went to the site.

He described it as “an incredible mosaic”.

“It is unique and should be promoted in the correct manner. At first, it should be transferred to a new wing at the Larnaca Museum so that more visitors and locals can admire it,” he added.

Marina Ieronimidou, head of the Antiquities Department, said the mosaics were of a unique value and it was the first time that mosaics depicting the Labours of Hercules were found on the island. She said Hercules was associated with baths and the whole site belonged to a complex of baths that had not yet been unearthed.

Ieronimidou said she hoped more will come to light. However, a house and a block of apartments are part of the area “so we need to see how to solve the issues,” she added.

“Our aim is to discover the complete mosaic, conserve it and take it away from the site, expanding a wing of the Archaeological Museum of Larnaca so that everyone can enjoy it. The mosaic is around 19 metres in length and 4.60 metres in width. However, the final width is expected to be around seven metres, she said.

CNA

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