Amathous Archaeological Site
A place you must visit!
The ancient town of Amathous is one of the top sightseeings of Cyprus, situated on the south coast of the island, about 7 km east of Limassol. Traces of the earliest human presence, dating to the Neolithic period, have been detected on the hills neighboring Amathous. During the Archaic period the town acquired special wealth as one of the Kingdoms of Cyprus and had remarkable commercial relations both with the Aegean and the Syropalestinian coast. Amathous has not preserved a foundation legend.
On the top of the hill of the Αcropolis, the Cypriot Goddess, named Aphrodite at least from the 4th c B.C., was worshipped. During the Persian occupation of the island, Amathous maintained a pro-Persian stance, a fact led to its siege by Onesilos of Salamis. The abolition of the Kingdom of Amathous, as well as of the other Kingdoms of Cyprus. At the end of the 4th c B.C (Hellenistic period) was due to the annexation of the island by the Ptolemies. Amathous enjoyed prosperity during the Antonine and Severan periods. Although the town survived the Arab raids of the mid 7th century A.D., it seems that it was definitely abandoned towards the end of the same century.