Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Polis Chryochous Village

Polis Chryochous Village (also known simply as Polis) is located near Chrysochous Bay and on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, within the Paphos district of Cyprus.

Even though Polis is a small seaside town, it's still considered the largest town in the area. 

According to a legend, the Athenian warrior, named Akamas the son of Theseus, visited Cyprus after the Trojan War, hence the name of the present-day Akamas Peninsula.  The legend continues with Akamas founding the ancient city of Marion, which later became Arsinoe and today is Polis Chryochous.

During the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods, Polis was already inhabited, yet the area was called Marion.  The ancient city-kingdom of Marion was important to Cyprus.  In 312 BC, Marion was conquered by Ptolemy I, and it was abandoned until the city's reconquest by Ptolemy II.

Then, the city of Marion was renamed Arsinoe, which continued to thrive in a smaller capacity during the Roman, Early Christian, and Early Byzantine periods.  During the 7th century, Arsinoe was destroyed.

However, the city of Marion-Arsinoe (present-day Polis Chryochous) was inhabited during the 12th to 14th centuries.  There are ancient artifacts on display at the Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum.

Within Polis Chryochous Village, there are various sites to explore, including the Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum, the Agios Andronikos Church and Park, Panagiatorteni Church, Agios Nikolaou Church, etc.

Near Polis Chryochous, there's the Baths of Aphrodite, Polis Beach and Camping Site, Cape Chryochous Beach, etc.  Upcoming blog posts will feature the Agios Andronikos Church, Polis Beach and Camping Site, and the Cape Chryochous Beach.

Polis Chryochous Village is an interesting area to explore for tourists and locals.

Site: Polis Chryochous Village. 

Category: Village. 

Location: Near Chrysochous Bay and about 35 km north of the city of Paphos, within the Paphos district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011-2013.

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