Primeval Kition – Part II

Mediterranean | | September 6, 2009 at 10:56 am




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During 1920, major digging of primeval Kition was initiated by the Swedes, though a majority of the primitive town remnants lay beneath the modern town of Larnaca. The British were utterly unsupportive in the excavation process, lugging stacks of excavated ‘debris’ to cover up the wetlands.

The key site of curiosity is found in the Area II, wherein the wood based ramp proffers fine viewing of the in-progress excavations. The relics belong to the Phoenician relocation on the crest of belatedly Bronze era bases. An array of awe-inspiring primitive sacrosanct sites has been unearthed at this location.

The major detectable constructions are those of a huge place of worship re-devoted to Astarte, the deity of fecundity, also identified as ‘Temple I’, made of ashlar having a debris filling material and a remarkable massive entry. The smaller sized four shrines are attached to copper liquefying work rooms that indicate either veneration of a copper-derived goddess or in any case a spiritual interest in the metal’s manufacturing. An additional temple devoted to the male maritime divinity has the presence of a pipe inside that point to the ritualistic opium smoking. There are hardly any Roman relics uncovered in Kition that makes this site so unique and particularly significant, in addition to being politically fragile as Greek residents in Cyprus mostly display lesser interest in regards to Asian culture derivations.

The prehistoric sites and the related six museums are located in the core of the town, with the highly significant site in Larnaca being the relics of primordial Kitium. The most primitive architectural relics trace back to the 13th century B.C., with the part being re-constructed by the Greeks hailing from the region of Achaea. The relics comprising of the cyclopean fortifications prepared from huge building blocks and the compound housing the five temples is truly appealing.

A worth watching sight is the granite bust of Zeno, the founder of the famed Stoic school of philosophy, is located at the intersection close to the American Academy. Nearly midway from the statue of Zeno and the famed Larnaca Salt Lake lays the underground-located rocky cavern church of Ayia Phaneromeni that was a pagan crypt in the past. The chapel is believed to have immense miraculous and therapeutic powers, also regularly visited by women who come to the place to pray for the well-being of their loved ones stationed abroad.

The Church of Lazarus is a spectacular Orthodox church that bears the marble sarcophagus of Lazarus beneath the Holy of Holies. Another great locale is the Turk built Fort of Larnaca during 1625, presently a museum with its interior patio that with due permission doubles up as an al-fresco garden cum theatre in the summer time.

The 1745-built, Roman-styled, Old Aqueduct recognized as ‘The Kamares’ is located in the outskirts of the town on the course to Limassol. It was constructed to transport water from a resource that was nearly six miles on the south Larnaka. It is quite a sight as the aqueduct is lighted up post dusk time.

A must visit is the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke located nearly five kilometres west of Larnaka that is believed to be the place where Umm Haram breathed her last and was laid to rest here. The Ottomans later constructed the present day mosque to venerate her.

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2 Comments

  1. Carla says:

    Some times the importance of some stuff gets understated with the attachment to the materialistic kind of things gaining higher value than details of Kition. The way you have covered the topics is way to take me back to my visit to Kition & re-experience the dynamics of the place. It’s quite a stuff, Ricky!

  2. Addy says:

    What a range of stuff Kition has, is really quite a broad range & I am fascinated with idea of being able to witness it in one place. What do you think?

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