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We are in the Tombs of the Kings, a large necropolis (a designed cemetery with elaborate tomb monuments) lying about two kilometres north of Paphos in the village Kouklia.

In the first seconds of the film, the lens is captured by the daisies and the windflowers that accompany the deadly town for centuries and then wanders in the remains of the city’s walls and in the royal tombs that are scattered over a wide area.

In a crack of a rock, an underground, majestic, burial monument.

We watch views from the carved road that leads to the peristyle atrium of Doric style. The lens continues its tour to the columns, the arcade, the triglyphs and the metopes that decorate the tomb.

The filmmaker continues his tour on another burial monument where we watch views from the peristyle atrium, the arched covered hallway that in the end below it we may see a well (a water tank that supplied water for the necessary burial customs) and the film closes with a view at the burial chamber.

The Tombs of the Kings date from the 3rd century BC (Hellenistic times) and were used until the 4th century, when the conquest of Cyprus by the Romans came to an end.


Film Information

Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

The town of Paphos is situated up there on the escarpment. It used to be the capital of Cyprus during Roman times, and among its governors was the orator Cicero, and also Sergius Paulus, the first Roman governor to be converted to Christianity. He was converted by St. Paul in 45 A.D.

The ground is carpeted with spring flowers, and there are large numbers of underground tombs –over 100 all together. A fascinating sight, really.
Bonar, Andrew Graham