Ancient Sites in Larnaca
Larnaca is home to a plethora of ancient and archeological sites to visit and as well as allowing you to revisit the history of the island during different periods of time.
The island has burgeoned under the influence of many empires and dynasties, including the Greek, French and British amongst others, and today, it attracts locals and travelers alike to explore its spellbinding ancient architecture and heritage.
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Kamares Roman Aqueduct
Also known as the Bekir Pasha Aqueduct, the Kamares Aqueduct was constructed back in the 18th century by Larnaca’s Ottoman governor, Bekir Pasha. It was instrumental for supplying water until 1939, but today, it stands tall as a spectacular remnant of an era gone by.
Originally, the structure had 75 arches, however, more than have of the arches have succumbed to the ravages of time. It is still a breathtaking specimen of ancient architecture, and you can enter the Aqueduct by following a path tucked around the Larnaca Salt Lake. The entry is free, and it is open for visits all day long throughout the week.
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Larnaca Medieval Castle
One of the most splendid castles in Cyprus, the Larnaca Medieval Castle was constructed by King James during the Middle Ages to fortify the city with a protective garrison. The yellow stone walls of the Larnaca Fort will take you on a spellbinding journey back into ancient time, and you can revisit the historical heritage of the Ottoman, French, and British empires.
The Larnaca Medieval Fort is also home to an incredible museum, where you can explore multiple relics and artefacts housed by the Castle centuries ago. Be sure to climb up to the rooftop to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Finikoudes beach.
Ancient City of Kition
Larnaca is brimming with ancient architecture and the ancient city of Kition is indeed the most spellbinding adventure to explore the centuries’ old historic heritage of the island.
A Mycenaean trading port dating back to 3000 years, the ancient city of Kition is underneath the modern city of Larnaca, and it is revered as one of the most prestigious archeological sites of the island. It allows you to browse through the complex architecture of ancient ruins, and enjoy the tranquility and peace that the sparsely crowded attraction has to offer.
If you are in central Larnaca, this ancient site is a 20-minute walk away. After exploring the ancient city of Kition, be sure to head out to the Larnaca District Archaeological Museum for a full experience as many of the artifacts acquire from this site have been staged there.
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Choirokoitia Archaeological Site
The Choirokoitia Archaeological site allows you to explore the ancient Neolithic settlement of Larnaca, dating back to almost 10,000 years. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and will take you on an intensely rewarding adventure, allowing you to explore how the inhabitants of Larnaca lived 10,000 years ago.
The archeological site is brimming with one-room spaces that served as dwellings for the members of the community. Choirokoitia has also been refurbished with reproduction of ancient hut dwellings to allow a more fulfilling experience.