Amathus is an archaeological site located on the southern coast of Cyprus, a few km northeast of Limassol. This open-air site consists of an agora at sea level and an acropolis on a hill overviewing the sea. No intact structures are left except for a few columns here and there. Amathus was a site for the worship of the Aphrodite goddess. It was first settled in the 11th century BC by Eteocypriots, then around 800 BC by the Phoenicians. Amathus was later ruled by the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks and the Romans. It was destroyed in 78 BC by an earthquake.
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