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Discovering the mini 'Atlantis' of Cyprus in Limassol!

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Land exploration is not nearly enough to uncover all of the city's hidden grandeur. In a land of seamen and traders, the sea is home to just as many wonderful discoveries, and Limassol is no exception, as below the city's depths, a mini 'Atlantis' remains hidden.  

This is the sunken harbor of the ancient city of Amathus. This outer harbor once stood in front of the market of the ancient city, towards the south, and its remains are now visible under the sea. It was built in the late 4th century B.C. by Demetrios Poliorkitis the Conqueror as a means of defense for the city, during a period of conflict with the Ptolemies of Egypt, due to their assertion of power in Cyprus.

According to investigations, between the entrance of the archaeological site towards the market and where the main road is located today, there was once an interior harbor, into which ships were towed to protect them from strong winds. The existence of this harbor was short-lived, however, as it quickly sunk into the sand and thus Limassol acquired its own mini 'Atlantis.' 

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In 1985, the Agios Tychonas Municipal Council had begun a campaign for the collection of resources that would cover the cost of excavations in the archaeological site of Amathounta, and the sunken harbor. Once the shape of the harbor had been revealed at a satisfactory level, Lucas Bernie, a Dutch permanent resident of the area, created two representations of its possible initial form. Approximately 1000 of these images were printed and sold at a price of 5 pounds, which went towards the excavation fund. At the time, around 100,000 pounds were collected in total. 

Today, the ruins of this sunken, ancient harbor have been transformed into small biotopes, where several species of marine flora and fauna, including sea turtles, seek refuge.

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