Friday, April 11, 2014

Kourion Stadium

The Kourion Stadium is located near the Kourion Archaeological Site, which is west of the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

While today it's mostly in ruins, the stadium was originally built in the 2nd century, during the rule of Antoninus II.  It was designed in a long U-shape with about seven rows of seating surrounding it for over 6,000 spectators to watch the ancient Greek athletics.  

According to a sign at site, the Kourion Stadium was "used for the sports of the Hellenic pentathlon which were most likely the ones held at the Stadium (running, high jump, long jump, wrestling and javelin).  Chariot and horse races related to the cult of Apollo must also have been held in the area since the Archaic period, as indicated by the ceramic votive figurines found in the Sanctuary."

The Kourion Stadium was destroyed in the 4th century, yet it may still have been used until the 5th century.  It's the only ancient stadium discovered in Cyprus.

While, the word--ruins--accurately describes the Kourion Stadium, is worth visiting at least once, particularly for tourists or locals exploring the nearby Kourion Archaeological Site and/or Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates Archaeological Site. 

Site: Kourion Stadium. 

Category: Archaeological Site. 

Location: About 1 km west of the Kourion Archaeological Site, near Episkopi Village, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 25934250. 

Operating Hours: Daylight hours. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2010 and 2013.

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