15 March 2010
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The story of Limassol, although not fully investigated, begins in the ancient times. The few ancient found, provide the existence of a small settlement which failed to grow and flourish. The tombs found in the wider area of the center of Limassol have their roots in ancient times and date from the last phase of Early Bronze Age III (2000 - 1900 BC). The architectural findings are found in Kyproarchaiki Period (725 - 475 BC) and Kyprogeometriki Period (1050 - 725 BC).
There is evidence for the existence of the settlement or settlements in areas such as Agia Zoni, Tzamouda, B 'Astiki in Kapsalos area as well as settlements today’s Central Police Headquarters and the old hospital. However, the tombs discovered in areas such as Agios Athanasius and Ag Fyla, supports the view that they want Limassol to have roots in the Middle Bronze Age.
Although there is no evidence for the existence of settlements in the Hellenistic Period and the early years of Roman domination, tombs and other findings support this assumption. Greco-Roman ruins of houses and ruins of first Christian settlement of the late Roman Period have been discovered in the wider center of Limassol. Sources indicate the founding Christian bishopric from the 1st century AD (Diocese of Naples).
In the geographical limits of Limassol important prehistoric settlements and settlements of historical years exist, including the ancient cities of Amathuntas and Kourion.
The earliest settlement is the settlement of ‘Sotyras’ dating to the Neolithic period II (4500 - 3900 BC). Τhe settlement of ‘Erimi’ follows, (Location Pampoula), dated to the Chalcolithic period I (3900 -2500 BC). During the Early Bronze Age (2500 - 1900 BC) the plains and hilly areas near the coast were inhabited, like the area of ‘Sotyras’, ‘Episkopis’, Avdimou’, and the ‘City of Limassol’. In Faneromenis location, a settlement remains and tombs