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Choirokoitia, Cyprus

From series “Remains of the First Ancient Cities”
Year: 7 millenium B.C..

You can see the ruins of the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia in the vicinity of the city of Larnaca in Cyprus. It was formed in the 7th Millennium BC. The settlement lasted for more than 3,000 years. The unique archaeological area was discovered about a hundred years ago. It was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1998. It was found out in the course of numerous studies that a stone wall of impressive size surrounded the territory of the settlement. Its height was 3 meters, and its thickness was about 2.5 meters.

Choirokoitia, Cyprus The main objects of the ancient settlement were small round buildings. Their internal diameter varied from 1.4 to 4.8 meters. Some of these buildings had a residential purpose. The area for the hearth was allocated in them. They also had windows. There were also many outbuildings for various purposes on the territory of the settlement. The ancient city of Choirokoitia completely fell into disrepair at the beginning of the 4th Millennium BC. The reasons why locals left the city remain unknown to modern researchers.

About 600 people lived in the ancient city during its heyday. Locals were engaged in farming and cattle breeding. Numerous studies have shown that the cult of the dead was widespread among locals. Burials were formed directly under the floor of residential buildings. Many items were found by researchers in the burial sites. These were jewelry, weapons, utensils, and other artifacts. The main attraction of the archaeological area is considered to be the foundation of ancient dwellings today. Researchers found human images on some stone fragments. They are the oldest found on the territory of Cyprus. Next - Eilat

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'COOP Bank Branch' located in 5.45 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Leos Car Hire Cyprus' is located in 18 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Zinonos And Sons Ltd' in 0.39 km
Supermarket: 'Alfa Mega' in 3.02 km
Parking: 'Parking' in 2.23 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacy YГЕТА' in 5.53 km
Police station: 'Kofinou Police Station' in 6.13 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Vasilikis' in 0.38 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Larnaca Airport LCA - in 25 km
 »  RAF Akrotiri Airport AKT - in 39 km
 »  Paphos Airport PFO - in 78 km
 »  Rafic Hariri Airport BEY - in 225 km
 »  Bassel Al-Assad International Airport LTK - in 246 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Choirokoitia

Porfyrios Country House

Located in 0 km from Choirokoitia
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Rooms: 6
Each with a pool-view balcony, Porfyrios apartments feature wooden-beamed ceilings and rustic furnishings, while some are split level. They consist … More: photo, rates and booking
Olga's Apartment

Located in 1 km from Choirokoitia
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Rooms: 1
All split-level apartments at Olga's open to two balconies with mountain and Mediterranean Sea views. Each has a seating area with flat-screen TV and … More: photo, rates and booking
Cyprus Villages Traditional Houses

Located in 2 km from Choirokoitia
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Rooms: 10
Fitted with beamed ceilings and traditional furnishings, all units open to a balcony or patio with views of of the village and countryside. Each has … More: photo, rates and booking
Stavrinis Home

Located in 3 km from Choirokoitia
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Rooms: 1
Fitted with dark, leather sofas and a flat-screen TV, this tastefully decorated, air-conditioned house at Stavrinis comes with a seating area. It … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Choirokoitia - Larnaca

On Akdeniz Street, be sure to look for Studio Ceramics where you can buy one of the best ceramic products in town. Besides that, guests of the studio will have a chance to see samples of works presented in the rooms, as well as observe the work of the master and order souvenirs according to individual requirements.
Walking along Piyiale Pasa Street, pay attention to an unusual house, at the entrance to which there is a complex of cages with parrots and songbirds. One of the locals has been collecting birds for many years and is happy to demonstrate the collection to curious tourists. If you are lucky enough to meet the owner himself on the veranda, there will be a chance to get inside and see rare species of canaries and exotic parrots.

If you want to bring truly special and luxurious souvenirs from Cyprus, head to Briez Handmade Jewellery . It is located on Pavlou Valsamaki Street and offers exclusive handmade jewelry, which distinguishes it from other similar stores. The range of beads and bracelets made of semi-precious stones is incredibly broad here. Among the variety of colorful jewelry items, it would be easy to choose decent ones for men as well. If there is no suitable one among the available jewelry, the owner will be happy to offer custom-made products.
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