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Cyprus opened the first underwater archaeological park in a 2,000-year-old harbor VIDEO

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Although the origins of Amathus remain unclear, it is believed to have been settled by the ancestors of the Cypriots around 1100 BC.

At different times, the settlement was owned by Greeks, Phoenicians, Persians, Ptolemies and Romans. In the Roman era, the ancient city became the capital of one of the four regions of Cyprus. Amathus became the seat of the Christian bishop after the 4th century CE

Built on the coastal cliffs in a natural harbor, the former naval base with combined commercial use was built between 312 – 11 BC. and 294 BC Since its decline, the harbor has developed into a thriving natural reef for marine life.

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In August 2021, the island’s antiquities department announced the completion of the underwater site and mapping of the ancient port.

The project was led by the European Regional Development Fund program ANDIKAT, which creates diving routes in marine protected areas in Greece and Cyprus. It was co-financed by the European Union and with national resources from Greece and Cyprus.

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