A walk through History – Ancient Amathous
Byzantine churches, Roman Baths, ancient Hellenistic palaces, prehistoric walls and temples make up the ancient city kingdom of Amathous. Amathous city is one of the most ancient cities found on the island, founded more than 3000 years ago. The archaeological site was discovered in the 19th century, unveiling important remnants left behind by ancient civilisations. According to legend, Ancient Amathous was named after Amathousa, who was the mother of a Paphos King. Findings have shown that the ancient coastal city-kingdom thrived from the 10th century BC till the 7th century AD. The city was constantly under attack by the Saracens, but finally fell in the hands of King Lionheart, the British English King, in 1191.