Adventure Travel McColls (ATM$) 2017-2018 travel blog

Eustolios House few ruins are protected from environmental damage

The massive private Eustolios house was later turned into a public facility

This is just a quarter of the floor of the main room...

An interesting geometrical design from the floor edge

Inscription says this woman is Ktisis who personofies creation of the world

Eustlious house mosaic floor with nature motif

Central medallion

Corner detail

Floor inscription: Enter to thy good fortune and may thy coming bless...

Maybe this one says Wipe Your Feet

This is how mosaic floors are beeing protected under better preserved

The 2nd c BC theatre is now wired for modern music &...

The fellas enjoying the view of the bay of Agios Ermogenis from...

Overlooking Kourion Beach on the bay of Agios Ermogenis

The view with our backs to the ocean was beautiful too

A first c AD Roman house completely destroyed by a365 AD earthquake

Sad to read about the bodys found during the arcgaeological dig

Vines with leaves & berries line the Episcopal Basilica early 5th c...

Only a few pillars survived the centuries still upright

The are a great many mosaics to restore and very little $$$$...

Nature finds a way to thrive through mankind’s ru

Ruins and rubble

This shell motif was popular on the public building buildings

Ruins of the ancient Roman agora

Ruins of the House of Acilles

Inscription from about 1st c AD on a stone reused for a...

Column of the huge public baths honouring water divinities aka Nymphaem

The light plays off the black marble

An up-close look at an uprighted corinthian column-top that toppled

These clay slabs elevated the floor of the public steam baths which...

The hexagonal swimming basin was the frigidarium (cold)

 

Even the non-artistic simpler floors were of beautiful marble

Part of a pebble mosaic floor from 75 - 50 BC

 

Floor mosaic from the House of the Gadiators, 3rd c AD

Floor mosaic from the House of the Gadiators, 3rd c AD

Floor mosaic from the House of the Gadiators, 3rd c AD

Floor mosaic from the House of Achilles earlthy 4th c AD

Floor mosaic from the House of Achilles early 4th c AD depicts...

Floor mosaic from the House of Achilles early 4th c AD

The shell motif

The only archway standing

Mother Nature or Man-made structure - who wore it best.


A settlement dating back to Neolithic times, Kourian is thought to have been more formally established in about the 13th century BC, when Mycenaean colonizers arrived. Through the ages, Kourian became an important city-kingdom and its ruins are considered the most impressive on the island. This despite disastrous earthquakes not uncommon in the region.

Representing the Greco-Roman period from 2nd c BC through 2nd c AD is a completely restored theater, which was destroyed by earth-quakes in the 4th century. The other main attractions are four 3rd - 5th c AD houses, clearly belonging to high-status families, represent the Early Christian period. These homes are now identified by the names of the outstanding mosaic floors that have been unearthed and restored.

The foundational remains of a public bath, a Roman agora, a 5th c Christian basilica, and a small temple dedicated to water nymphs are in various states of exhibition too. In all, from the public baths which were typically on the edge of town to the theater the site is about one kilometer long.

As well as the earthquakes that shook building blocks down on to crush the people, attacks by the Persians and later pirate raids in the 7th century led to the decline Kourion. In fact, it was not rediscovered until 1876



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