Thursday, June 19, 2014

Larnaca Archaeological Museum

The Larnaca District Archaeological Museum (also known as the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum) is located in the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus.

As a part of Cyprus' Aphrodite Cultural Route, this museum features ancient items discovered in the Larnaca region, particularly the ancient settlements of Choirokoitia, Kalavasos-Tenta, and Kition, from the Neolithic period until around 1700 AD during the Roman period.

The Larnaca Archaeological Museum opened in 1969 with two exhibition rooms, and today, it has four main exhibition rooms.  Room 1 features ancient artifacts from the Neolithic period until the Middle Bronze Age with a significant amount of items from Choirokoitia and Kalavasos-Tenta.

Room 2 focuses on the Late Bronze Age and Proto-Geometric periods, particularly archeological discoveries from Kition and Kalavasos.  Room 3 displays the Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic, and Classical periods, while Room 4 portrays the Classical period through the Roman period.

In the museum's courtyard, there are additional ancient artifacts on display, as well as a reconstructed olive-press from Mari Village during the Hellenistic period.

Also, the Kition Acropolis Ruins, which will be featured in an upcoming blog post, are situated immediately behind the Larnaca Archaeological Museum.

According to the Cypriot Department of Antiquities, the museum's west wing is temporarily closed, as of February 6, 2014.

The Larnaca Archaeological Museum is interesting for tourists and locals, particularly those planning to visit the Kition Archaeological Site, Kition Acropolis Ruins, Choirokoitia Archaeological Site, and Kalavasos-Tenta Archaeological Site. 

Site: Larnaca District Archaeological Museum. 

Category: Museum. 

Location: Plateia Kalograion Street in the city of Larnaca, within the Larnaca district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 24304169. 

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday to Friday.  Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Entrance Fee: €2,50. 

Date of Visit: 2011 and 2013.

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