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Tombs of the Kings

Ah, the Tombs of the Kings! It’s no secret that this ancient cemetery is the crown jewel of our beautiful city.

As a local, I can tell you there’s nothing quite like strolling through these UNESCO World Heritage tombs, which are part of Kato Pafos Archaeological Park.

The rich history and grandeur of the place just can’t be beaten.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a large cemetery just a few clicks north of the harbor.

The rich historical significance of this remarkable landmark blows you away.

While kings didn’t rest in these tombs, they were the final resting place for the Paphitic elite.

And let me tell you, these tombs are solid rock- we’re talking about excellent carving skills here- that date back to the 4th century BC.

The “Royal” Resting Place: Tombs of the Not-So-Kings

Welcome to the Tombs of the Kings, where the ancient Paphitic elite lay to rest. But sorry, there are no actual kings here! 

Despite the misleading title, these tombs are a fascinating peek into the lavish afterlife of Cyprus’s high society.

Time Travel Through Rock

Carved from solid rock in the 4th century BC, these underground wonders boast spooky burial chambers and some seriously fancy features. 

Think Doric columns and walls decked out with ancient frescoes.

Tomb Raiders of Yore

People have been poking around these tombs for ages. The first modern account dates back to 1783, but it wasn’t until 1870 that the first official archaeological dig occurred. 

Since then, it’s been a non-stop excavation party!

A Stamp of History

One cool thing about these tombs is the inclusion of Rhodian amphorae in the burial offerings. 

These ancient jugs have manufacturing stamps that help date them and other artifacts, giving us a clearer picture of ancient Mediterranean life.

Lost and Found…Sort Of

Sadly, much of the original tomb bling has gone missing over time, probably swiped by grave robbers. 

Being close to the sea hasn’t helped preserve the buried bodies.

At least the historical significance is still intact!

A Royal Illusion

Although they’re not fit for royalty, these tombs are pretty grand.

Some even mimic the homes of the living, with chambers opening onto fancy courtyards. 

They’re like ancient luxury condos but without the amenities.

Time Travelers’ Delight

The Tombs of the Kings aren’t just a blast from the past; they also connect to the Aphrodite Cultural Route, offering a scenic journey through Cyprus’s history and culture.

Dig Into History (Literally!)

Ready to unearth some ancient vibes? The Tombs of the Kings are waiting to transport you back in time. 

Explore the abundant afterlife of Cyprus’s elite and soak in the history of this remarkable archaeological site.

Trust me; you haven’t seen “houses of the living” until you’ve seen how these tombs imitate them.

Don’t miss out on this historic and breathtaking experience in our backyard.

It’s a must-visit spot you shouldn’t miss, so book a guided tour in advance!

Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Location2km north of Paphos harbor, Cyprus
DesignationUNESCO World Heritage Site (1980)
Origin4th century BC
Architectural FeaturesCarved out of solid rock, Doric columns, frescoed walls
ExcavationsOngoing since 1870, led by various archaeologists
SignificanceInsight into ancient burial practices, Rhodian amphorae dating
Current StatusPart of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos, linked to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.

You’re in for a real treat! Tomb of the Kings is worth visiting.

Enthusiasts of underground sites will marvel at the many different and exciting tombs carved out of solid sandstone.

Don’t miss the chance to explore this vast area!

Great question! To enter the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos, the entrance fee is €4.50 per person.

However, special prices are available for groups, and entry passes for multiple days.

Eight tombs are in good condition inside the Tomb of the Kings in Paphos.

The visit usually takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on your interest in exploring the site and the time you visit (it can be challenging in the hot summer days, so come early or afternoon).

Yes, it’s possible to walk, but it’s about a 30 to 40-minute walk, so some may prefer taking a bus or taxi.

The Tombs of the Kings entrance is on Tombs of the Kings Road, which connects Kato Paphos with Coral Bay.

You’ll find it on your left-hand side as you head towards Coral Bay.

There is a small admission fee to enter the Tombs of the Kings site – 4.50 euros.

The Tombs of the Kings are underground tombs, many dating back to the 4th century BC.

Carved out of solid rock, they are believed to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the third century AD.

The name “Tombs of the Kings” derives from the grandeur of the tombs; however, no kings were buried here.

The Tombs of the Kings can be reached by car, taxi, or bus.

They are located on the coastal road of Paphos, near the Paphos Archaeological Park.

Bus number 615 goes to the Tombs of the Kings from Paphos Harbour.

The Tombs of the Kings were not the final resting places of royalty but rather of high-ranking officials and nobles.



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