Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum

The Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum (also known as the Local Museum of Marion-Arsinoe and the Polis Archaeological Museum) is located within the town of Polis tis Chrysochous, which is situated on the northwestern side of the island, within the Paphos district of Cyprus.

In this museum, which opened in 1998, the majority of the ancient items were discovered at the Marion-Arsinoe ancient city-kingdom ruins and the surrounding area.

In the museum's brochure, it states, "According to ancient literary sources recorded by Stephanos Vyzantios, the city of Marion was founded by the legendary King Marieas....  In 312 B.C. Marion was conquered by Ptolemy I and the Kingdom was abolished.  Ptolemy II Philadelphus later rebuilt the city and renamed it after his sister and wife, Arsinoe.  The new city was smaller than Marion but it also flourished due to its close proximity to the copper mines.  Arsinoe continued to exist in the Roman, Early Christian and Early Byzantine periods when it seems to have suffered extensive destruction by the Arab invasions of the 7th century A.D.  Archaeological evidence indicates that the city was also inhabited during the Medieval period between the 12th and 14th centuries A.D."

In the Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum, there are three main exhibition spaces: Room I, Room II, and the Atrium.  The first room features ancient artifacts from the Neolithic to Medieval time periods, while the second room primarily focuses on ancient times that were discovered in the Marion-Arsinoe necropolis.

According to a sign at the museum, "The cemeteries of the kingdom of Marion and the later Hellenistic town Arsinoe occupy an extensive area around the architectural remains of the ancient town....  In this Exhibition Room are presented the most important cemeteries, which yielded interesting material, demonstrating that Marion developed culture equal to that of the rest of the urban  areas of the Island, and stronger commercial relations with the Greek world."      
The Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum is a pleasant and worthwhile visit, especially while exploring this area of Cyprus.

Site: Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum. 

Category: Museum. 

Location: Archiepiskopou Makariou III Avenue in the town of Polis, within the Paphos district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 26322955. 

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and closed on Sunday. 

Entrance Fee: €2,50. 

Date of Visit: 2013.

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