Tombs of the Kings Paphos

Tombs from the Kings

One of the most visited sights in Cyprus is the Tombs of the Kings on the coast near the centre of Paphos. This burial site, literally carved into the rocks in a cliff above the sea, is a vast necropolis with both underground and above-ground parts, in places very well preserved. It dates back to around the 4th century BC.

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The tombs of the kings were not for kings...

Although the name of the place evokes that the majestic tombs, some of which even have walls covered with rich frescoes and an entrance with monumental Doric columns, were used as burial places for kings, this is not the case. In the local necropolis, especially the very wealthy or prominent figures of the ancient city and the wider area were buried.

Currently, a total of 9 graves have been discovered at the site, with several more under archaeological excavation.

Entrance fees and opening hours

The site is open from 8:30am to 7:30pm in the summer, and only until 5pm in the winter.

Theentrance fee is just 2,50 eur.

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How to get there

The site is just north of Paphos city centre by the coast, and you can park for free in the large car park just outside the entrance.

There's also a bus stop about 50 metres from the entrance for the city's 615 bus line, which will take you to the central promenade near the Nea Paphos archaeological park, as well as to the popular beach at Coral Bay.

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