Culture and History
Limassol is made up of its main city with new marina which sits between the two important archaeological sites of Amathus and Kourion.
Places worth visiting in the District of Limassol
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Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton Monastery
Situated on Cape Gata southeast of Akrotiri Salt, Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton is said to be the first monastery in Cyprus. The church structure that you see today was built in the 14th century only to be abandoned in the 16th century.
It was then finally claimed by the Orthodox nuns in the 1980's. Legend says that the monastery was founded by Agia Eleni, mother of Constantine the Great.
Stories say that Agia Eleni found the place swarming with poisonous snakes and she sent a shipload of cats to get rid of the snakes. The cats were fed a bit of meat in the morning and in the night in order to limit the amount of venom they would intake. The snakes were vanquished, people returned and fishermen fished.
The catch on St. Nicholas Day was given to the monastery to assure a good year.
Ever since these stories the cape is called Cape Gata meaning the Cape of the Cats and the nuns at the monastery now care for hundreds of cats.
The Archaeological Museum in Limassol is a particularly interesting sight for art and history lovers. The museum houses artifacts related to societal development of Cyprus, which include ceramics, pottery and antiquities from the Roman period. Also, on display are finds from the Neolithic until the Late Bronze Age.
Municipal Museum of Folk Art
The Municipal Museum of Folk Art is housed in a historic building donated by the Schiza family. Its main purpose is to promote Cypriot folk art and craft through collections from the 18th and 19th centuries. On display are fascinating objects relating to woodcarving, jewelry decoration, tools and utensils, traditional Cypriot costumes, embroidery and weaving and bronze artifacts.
This well admired 15th century castle is situated in Kolossi village, 14 km west of Limassol.
The surrounding land around Kolossi castle played an important role in the past as it had been highly cultivated with sugarcane and vineyards, from which the famous Cypriot wine Commandaria was produced. The name 'Commandaria' originates from the headquarters of Kolossi – the 'Grand Commanderie'. It is thought to be the oldest continually-produced and named wine in the world.
The ruins at Curium are located in breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea and is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Cyprus. Here you will find two site: the old city of Kolossi and the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, located a few kilometres apart. There is also a museum in the nearby village of Episkopi and as it is one of Cyprus' most popular tourist attractions, it is worth arriving early, especially during the high season.
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