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THE MEDIEVAL MUSEUM - CYPRUS MEDIEVAL MUSEUM

The Castle was built by the Byzantines around l000 AD. Around the same period, a chapel was also built there. According to the legend, it was in this chapel that the wedding of Richard the Lionheart with Berengaria took place, when the king was landed near Amathus, on his way to the Holy Land during the third Crusade. When an earthquake destroyed the chapel in 1284, the Knights Templar built a new church of Gothic style in its place in the same year. With the extension later of the Castle the church came to be included in the Castle grounds. Later on, in 1382, the interior of the church (today’s basement chapel, cells. towers) became part of the castle.

The Mamelukes conquered the Castle in 1426 and it later on surrendered to the Knights of the Order of St. John. The Venetians pulled the old Castle down and used the stones to build the city walls, between 1559 and 1567. The Turks erected part of the Castle in 1570, using it for the defense of the city. The Castle was used as a prison, between 1790-1940. After a few minor repairs in 1951, it was temporarily used as the Archaeological Museum of Limassol.
The Castle at the moment houses the Medieval Museum of Limassol.

This rich Medieval museum is found inside the castle of the town, which is close to the old port.
The collection that the museum provides covers the era of 400 - l870 AD. A visitor can see
numerous exhibits: cannons, wood carvings of the 17th and 18th century, paintings and tombstones,
statues, suits of armor, coins, terracotta, metal ware and pottery, glass and marble artifacts.

14 km (9 miles) west of Lemesos
Richardou& Berengarias
Tel: 25 305419
Tel: 25 934907
09.00-17.00 November-March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-19.30 June- August

Entrance Fees   : CYP 2.00 
KOLOSSI CASTLE FOLK ART MUSEUM

A fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century, and subsequently rebuilt in the form it is now, in the middle of the 15th century. It served first as the Grand Commander of the Knights Templar, and after the fall of Acre in 1291 for some years, as the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

14 km (9 miles) west of Limassol, on the road to Paphos. Daily: 07:30-17:00 (07:30 -19:30 summer)

This very beautiful collection of Cypriot Folk Art of the 19th and early 20th century is housed in a restored old house. Some of the most fascinating objects of the collection are: national costumes, tapestry, embroidery, wooden chests, waistcoats, men’s jackets, necklaces, a variety of light clothes, town costumes, country tools etc.
The museum was established in 1985. More than 500 exhibits are housed in its six rooms. The museum was awarded the Europa Nostra prize, in 1989. Here, the visitor can study Cypriot culture through the hand-made exhibits.


Odos Agiou Andreou, 253, Tel: 25 362303

Monday - Friday     : 08.30-13.30 
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri : 15.00-17.30 (June-September)    : 16.00-18.30 
Entrance Fees       : CYP 0.50 
KOURION  


An important ancient city kingdom, and one of the most interesting and spectacular archaeological sites on the island with excavations still bringing new treasures to light. The magnificent Greco-Roman Theater was originally built in the 2nd century BC and enlarged in the 2nd century AD. It is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. The House of Eustolios was originally a private villa, and in the early Christian period became a public recreation center. It consists of a complex of Baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. The Early Christian Basilica dated to the 5th century was probably the Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistery attached to the north side. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. The Nymphaeum dedicated to water nymphs is still under excavation by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. The Stadium lies a km to the west on the right side of the road to Paphos, and is dated to the 2nd century AD.

19 km (111/2 miles) west of Lemesos
Tel: 25 934250
Daily: 08.00-17.00
November-March
08.00-18.00
April-May, September-October
08.00-19.30 June- August
Entrance Fees: CYP 1.00

LEMESOS DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Limassol District Archaeological MuseumAnastasi Sioukri&Vyonos5, near the Municipal Park
Tel: 25 305157
Open all the year round
Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Saturday: 10.00-13.00
Entrance: CYP 1.00

KOURION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Kourion Museum houses a collection of finds from nearby archaeological sites. In the main exhibition there are finds from Kaloriziki, including terra cotta lamps and figurines. There are many fascinating finds from Kourion, such as the marble head of Aphrodite from the 2nd century A.D. Many of the other exhibition rooms contain interesting collections from prehistoric sites in the area.
Episkopi village, 14 km (9 miles) west of Lemesos
Tel: 25 932453
Monday - Friday: 09.00-14.30 Thursday : 15.00-17.00
(no afternoon in July & August)
Saturday and Sunday Closed Entrance Fees: CYP 1.00



AMATHUS

One of the ancient city Kingdoms of Cyprus where according to legend, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of, after his battle with the Minotaur. There was a very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarti here. Excavations are still continuing at the Acropolis and Agora area of the ancient site. Numerous tombs have been found, one of them can be visited in front of the Amathus Beach Hotel.

11 km (7 miles) east of Limassol - Daily: 07:30-17:00 (07:30-19:30 summer)

SANCTUARY OF APOLLO HYLATES

Temple of Apollo YlatisApollo Hylates, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. Archaeological evidence shows that the cult of Apollo was celebrated here from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Part of the temple has been restored, with the cellar, the colonnade and the pediment.
3 km (11/2 miles) west of Kourion
Tel: 25 991049

Daily:  09.00-17.00 November-March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-09.30 June-August
     Entrance fees: CYP 1.00

 

AYIOS GEORGIOS ALAMANOU CONVENT

Originally founded in the 12th century. The nuns, besides performing their religious rites, spend their time in icon painting, and the cultivation of flowers and herbs.

Off the Nicosia-Limassol road, 19 km from Limassol.

LIMASSOL MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY

The recently opened Art Gallery has on permanent display a representative collection of paintings of well-known Cypriot artists.

28th October Street, Tel (25) 343212 / 343383
Monday – Friday: 08:30-13:30
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 15:00-17:30 (June-September:16:00-18:30)

Monday - Friday     : 08.30-13.30 
                                15.00-17.30
Thursday:                08.00-13.30 
(June-September: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 16.00-18.30)
Entrance Fees       : CYP 0.50


 THE PUBLIC GARDEN AND THE ZOO

They are situated on the coastal road. They provide a great variety of vegetation: eucalyptus trees, pine trees and cypresses. In this beautiful environment the citizens of Limassol and many visitors can walk around and enjoy themselves. The two stone statues of lions, which were placed in the south entrance of the garden in 1911, keep wakeful guard over the garden and its visitors.

Inside the garden, there is a small zoo. There, the visitor can see deer, moufflons, ostriches, pheasants, tigers, lions, monkeys, vultures, pelicans and other animals. Not far from the zoo there is the small natural history museum and the garden theatre.

AMATHUS ARCHAELOGICAL SITE

Daily:
09.00-17.00 November- March
09.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
09.00-19.30 June- August
Entrance: CYP 1.00

Amathus Ancient Site

 


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