Visiting the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
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Trip End Jun 10, 2012


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Finally we make it to the Tombs of the Kings. The fee here is 1.70 euros. The tombs are spread in a vast area and they are very impressive. It is a site not to be missed located by the coast on the north side of Paphos.

I am glad that I am visiting this site in April and walking in open spaces is still very pleasant. I urge people coming here during the hot summer months (June-July and especially August which is supposed to be the hottest of all) to have in mind that they should wear flat shoes, carry with them some water, wear hats and sun glasses. There are no trees around so there is no shelter at all. Prefer visiting this site early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

The tombs are spread over a vast area with steps and pathways and we are enjoying this walk here today. I find it a nice way to explore and see the way ancient civilizations lived. Although they are named as the burial place for kings, yet these tombs have been burial sites for high officials and aristocrats of those days. The tombs are carved into rock and some of them feature Doric columns while many of the walls contain frescoes. It is actually an imitation of the houses these wealthy people lived. Not all tombs are the same and some date back to the 4th century B.C. A number of chambers were used where people of the Hellenistic and Roman periods were buried.(3rd century BC and 3rd century AD)

The tombs are 7 or 8 in all but the best of all is #3 whose columns are really impressive with coffin spaces marked out.

On the site there is the little church of Pareklisia with traces of Byzantine frescoes but we did not have time to visit.
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