The Tombs of the Kings, a vast ancient archaeological necropolis with notable underground tombs situated in the city of Paphos on the south-west coast of Cyprus. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
Although historically identified as the Tombs of the Kings, no royalty is buried there. Rather, the tombs are the burial places of affluent senior government officials and nobles dating from the 4th century BCE to the 3rd century AD (Hellenistic and Roman periods).
The site name refers to the size and splendor of the underground vaults, some very elaborate with decorated walls and some others with open atriums surrounded by majestic Doric columns. Similar Tombs have been found in Alexandria, Egypt.
Laying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and rising like a mythical siren from its half-moon bay, Naples, is Italy’s third largest city and arguably its most bewitching.
Capital of the southern Italian region of Campania, Naples was founded by ancient Greek colonists between the Seventh and Sixth Centuries BC and for most of its history, since then, it’s been the desire of many conquerors and admirers and the city is filled with magnificent indelible legacies of its past.
For a period, Naples was Europe’s largest city, a capital of glamour that attracted kings, aristocrats, intellectuals and artists. Travellers on the famous grand tour acclaimed Naples to be the most glorious capital of the west.
The central neighbourhoods of Naples are like an open-air museum where every element of life has been elevated to an art form. Streets are lined with authentic pizzerias, formidable fortresses, magnificent Baroque churches, grand royal palaces, lively piazzas and colourful outdoor markets.
Narrow dusty cobblestone alleys branch off the bustling streets and are replete with laundry fluttering above between houses. Whilst below, barking dogs hastily avoid being run-over by zooming scooters piled with two or three helmetless passengers. The Historic Centre of Naples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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