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An ancient kingdom

The Limassol Archaeological Museum is currently exhibiting the temporary exhibition Amathous of Cyprus, a City Most Ancient, and will continue to do so until July.

Amathous is one of the most interesting city-kingdoms of ancient Cyprus. On the occasion of 40 years of excavations (1975–2015) by the French Archaeological Mission of Amathous, the Department of Antiquities in collaboration with the French School at Athens is organising this exhibition with finds from both the French excavations and those of the Department of Antiquities.

The exhibition covers a large chronological period, from prehistory to the first centuries of the Christian period. The amount of information resulting from 40 years of systematic excavation and research permits the reconstruction, to a certain extent, of the complex character of the ancient city-kingdom of Amathous. The exhibits are presented in four different thematic entities, within a framework of information panels and other visual aids which narrate the history of the city and the region of Amathous by providing information on public and private life, rituals, burial customs and commercial or cultural exchanges.

The exhibition includes a brief reference to legends and traditions and the fact that the people living in Limassol, at least from the medieval period until today, refer to Amathous as Palia Lemesos (Old Limassol), thus keeping alive the memory of the important city of ancient Cyprus, which was in fact the predecessor of the modern city of Limassol.

Amathous of Cyprus, A City Most Ancient
Temporary exhibition of the excavations from the ancient city of Amathous. Until July 7. Limassol Archaeological Museum, Corner of Byron and Anastasi Sioukri Street, Limassol. Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm. €2.50. Tel: 25-305157

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