We at Holiday island Cyprus strongly believe that no holiday to the resort of Paphos in Cyprus would be complete without a visit to the famous ''Tombs of the Kings", the archaeological site that lies just outside Kato Paphos, about five minutes drive from Paphos harbour.
The tombs themselves are underground and carved out of solid rock; they originally date back from about the 4th century BC. Rather than burial sites for the Kings it is believed that Paphos's elite were buried at the site. Tombs of the Kings was named as such, just because of its magnificence and grandeur, so it is somewhat misleading that no actual Kings are buried there.
Some of the most impressive tombs are sunken rectangular courts reached by a set of antiquated steps, and surrounded by sets of majestic pillars; there are then passages that lead from some of these courts to the individual tombs themselves.
Although the site is centuries old it was not properly excavated until the late 1970's and was opened to the public a few years after.
Quite predictably the site had been looted of valuable artefacts long before excavations begun, which is a disappointment historically speaking, but does not detract away from the splendour of the site itself.
The Tombs of the Kings is an essential to explore whilst on holiday in Cyprus. It accessible with just a short bus ride from the centre of Paphos. The site itself can make for some great Cyprus holiday island photos.
The entrance into The Tombs of the Kings is a nominal EUR1.70 which is the standard rate for most archaeological sites in Cyprus. Which is not bad for a good Cyprus Day out.
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