Making up a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paphos, Ancient Kourion was our last stop before heading to Limassol. Unfortunately, our directions to the site were pretty vague and GPS provided little help. We ended up first on a stretch of beach whose restaurants were closed due to it being the winter season. While wandering we did find an archaeological site, the Basilica on the Kourion Beach, though not the entire park we had been searching for. Unfortunately, we were unable to get close to this site, as there were chain-link fences surrounding the location.
By the time we found the actual archaeological park, located on the cliffs above the Basilica, we had less than an hour to explore the entire site. I chose to walk as fast as I could to see as much as I could in the time we had. The Eustolios House featuring mosaics, dating, as it is seen today, to the third and fourth centuries AD, was the closest attraction to the car park.
The first mosaic we saw the bust of a young woman in a medallion holding a measuring instrument equating to a Roman foot. According to the inscription around her head, the young woman is Ktisis, and she personifies the creation of the world. The rest of the mosaic floor features geometric motifs with the exception of a partridge.
Right next to the Eustolios House was the reconstructed Theatre, originally accommodating an audience of 3,000. Underneath the theatre are rock-cut chambers, likely used as storerooms for the needs of animal combatants.
The next block of ruins I looked at was the Kourion Episcopal Basilica. One of the most important Early Christian monuments on the island, it dates back to the beginning of the fifth century AD. The monument was destroyed during the second Arab raid around 654 AD.
Another site with visible mosaics was the House of Gladiators. A luxurious private house or alternatively a small public training ground, it is named after the mosaics represented. It was constructed in the second half of the third century AD, but destroyed by earthquakes in the fourth.
The last of the main attractions I focused on was the public baths. Dating all the way back to 50 BC, with various additions in the following years, it consists of cold, warm, and hot chambers and a complete hypocaust, or heating, system.