Lemesos (Limassol), the second largest town, has evolved between the two ancient sites of Amathous in the east and Kourion in the west. Lemesos is a delightful blend of old and new. The main shopping area (Agios Andreas and Anexartisias str.) is full of brightly little shops selling locally made leather goods, clothing, jewellery and pottery. The area’s history can be traced by visiting the town’s Archaeological Museum and Lemesos castle near the old port, which was the splendid setting for the marriage of King Richard the Lionheart to Berengaria of Navarre in 1191 and now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. Further afield lie the fascinating ruins of Ancient Amathous one of the island’s oldest city kingdoms where the first temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built. Limassol History can only be fully appreciated by visiting this delightful town.
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