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Paphos II (Cyprus)

Tombs of the Kings - Paphos


Outside of Paphos are tombs of wealthy people from the Hellenistic period (so, no kings). But these tombs were probably for entire families, not just one individual, and were used over centuries.


There are also some more primitive tombs carved out of the rock, probably by people with less wealth. Indeed, there are a few different styles of tomb - some with atriums, as in a house, and some without. And all the big ones had wells, or cisterns for gathering rain. Perhaps the water was used by people during funerals.


They are quite amazing, having been carved out of the rock, as opposed as having been built above ground. And some are far fancier than others.



Tomb #1, looking down from ground level into the atrium of the tomb. There are chambers off to the sides where the bodies were buried.




Tomb #1 - inside the atrium.



Tomb #2 - This atrium isn't as fancy. Some of the pillars have not been carved into columns here.



Inside the atrium of Tomb #2




Tomb #2 - burial chambers off the atrium




A non-atrium tomb. Here, there is a tomb block cut out of the rock, with open areas around it. Note the 'entrance' door in the front of the block.




The 'entrance' to the block. While the entrance is rather fancy (and stone lions were found on either side of the step), it only leads into a small burial niche.




Stairs down to the well in the block. The water would have come from rain on the roof.




Stairs up to the roof of the block




Another atrium type tomb. Here, however, it would appear that quarrying had gone in in later times, stealing the rock for buildings elsewhere.




This is a more simple set of tombs, without an atrium or other embellishments.





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We are Cascadia Grove of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF). Our local Grove serves the Puget Sound area. We meet 8 times a year to celebrate the equinoxes, solstices and the cross quarter days (including Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain). We also support the planning and building of White Mountain Druid Sanctuary in Trout Lake WA.


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