Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tomb of the Kings - Cyprus

The Tombs of the Kings is a large necropolis lying about two kilometres north-west of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. The underground tombs are carved out of solid rock .The name of the site is misleading—there's no evidence of any royalty buried here. Rather, the site was the final resting place of about 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats who lived and died in Paphos beginning in the 3rd century BC.

Early antiquarians dubbed the site the "Tombs of the Kings" due to the impressiveness of the tombs, and the name has stuck.

Tombs of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From a set of four stamps about London olympics 2012.


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