The ancient Curium – an important city-kingdom in antiquity just outside Limassol – is undoubtedly one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. But when most people think of the Curium, their mind immediately drifts to the ancient theatre; a stunning site that sits high on a clifftop commanding brilliant sea views. But unbeknown to many, there is an equally impressive site that begs to be seen and photographed a mere stone’s throw away: the Curium ancient stadium.
The only ancient stadium found in Cyprus, it dates to the 2nd century and could once seat 6000 spectators. Importantly, it was the site of pentathlon events in ancient times. The stadium was 187 metres long and was wide enough to accommodate eight runners. It is believed that the stadium was abandoned in the latter half of the 4th century.
The Curium ancient stadium is part of the wider Curium archeological site and ancient city-kingdom that is believed to have been associated with the Greek legend of Argos of Peloponnese. Omce a flourishing ciy-kingdom, it was eventually destroyed in a severe earthquake in 365 AD.
Where? 20km west of Limassol, off the Limassol – Paphos highway. Free admission. Tel: +357 25 934 250