Polis Archaeological Museum Marion / Arsinoe
26 Leoforos Makariou III Str.,
Polis, 35 km (22 miles) from Pafos
Tel: +357 26 32 29 55
Thursday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00-15:00
The local Museum of Marion - Arsinoe at Polis opened its doors to the public in 1998. It was built by the Government of Cyprus with the generous financial support of Mr. Nicos Shacolas. The Museum consists of three exhibition spaces - Rooms I and II and the Atrium. Objects in Room I, which was named after Mr. Nicos Shacolas, derive from an extensive area around Polis and are chronologically arranged so as to portray its historical development from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods to the Medieval period.
In Room II exhibits come from the rich necropolis of the area with special reference to the location and excavation of the above cemeteries. According to ancient literary sources recorded by Stephanos Vyzantios, the city of Marion was founded by the legendary King Marieas. On present evidence Marion had already been inhabited at the end of the Neolithic and throughout the Chalcolithic period. It began to prosper from the Cypro-Archaic period onwards and became one of the most important ancient Cypriot city-kingdoms in the Cypro-Classical period with important commercial relations with the East Aegean islands, Attica and Corinth.