Tomb Of the Kings

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The renowned ‘Tombs of the Kings’ are an integral part of the Kato Pafos (Paphos) Archaeological Park, which holds great significance as one of Cyprus’ most important archaeological sites. This remarkable site has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.

Carved into solid rock, these monumental underground tombs date back to the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Despite their name, the tombs were not actually meant for kings but rather for high-ranking officials and aristocracy. However, the grandeur and size of the tombs, some adorned with Doric pillars, contributed to the impressive title associated with the area.

Several tombs mimic the architectural style of the living, featuring burial chambers that open onto a peristyle atrium. These designs bear a resemblance to tombs found in Alexandria, illustrating the close ties between the two cities during the Hellenistic period.

The site is also connected to the Aphrodite Cultural Route, further highlighting its historical and cultural significance.