January 23, 2020

Soli and the Gulf of Morphou


Soli is another famous city located on the island of Cyprus. This city is situated southwards of the Morphou Bay on the Gulf of Morphou. It can be easily traced back to easy early as the sixth century BC. It is named Soli due to the famous Soloi who designed this whole city during his ten year trip to the region. The Gulf of Morphou is located on a constricted location on the island. It is famous for the remains of Roman architecture.

Such remains are in the form of the mosaic found in the region, as well as the beautiful floors of the Basilica with its designs majorly composed of the pictures of birds, animals, and geometrical shapes along with a very well-known picture of a swan. Another famous thing in this region is the theatre which has been rebuilt a number of times hence the originality has been lost but that theatre can also be traced back to Roman times.


Canadian individuals also founded a trio of ancient underground tombs near the region of Soli. These tombs were found in the year 2005 and 2006. Two of these tombs contained a number of findings such as ancient products and artifacts but the third tomb had nothing in it as a result of a loot done to that area by the early individuals. Most of the archeologists indicate that the number of findings indicates that there was a high level of wealth in the region. Artifacts are on display at the Museum of Archeology and Nature in Morphou.


In order to reach Soli, one has to move about a kilometer west of the Soli Inn in the city of Gemikonagi. Moving towards west on can find the ruins of ancient Soli. This place is not open for a visit. But it can be visited after payment of about £1 in the presence of the warden. This is done because of the historical importance of the location. While moving westwards from the Soli Inn one has to be extra careful about the sign. As the sign can easily be missed indicating the “Soli Harabeleri”. The sign that will be pointing inwards towards the ruins of the famous location.

Soli is a really attractive place for the tourists due to its historical importance of being one of the ten ancient cities of Cyprus, this region can be traced back to the early sixth century BC to the Athenian lawgiver Solon, motivated King Philocyprus of that time to change the location of the city down from a bluff to the location where it is situated, there seems to have been a town at this particular location since as early as the Bronze Age.

Some More History:

Despite the origins, it became a special attraction for the pro-Hellenic sentiment. And is also famous for the fact that it was the last stop against the Persians in 498 BC. A Swedish individual founded this place during his expenditure on the region. Due to its archeology-loving nature, the then present prince of Sweden ordered the excavation of the site of the theatre during the time period of 1928 and 1930. On the other hand, the post-independence government tried to restore the present theatre but failed badly in the act in the year 1963. However, the whole theatre was still not discovered until then. A Canadian team discovered the basilica and some parts of the agora after the year 1964.

This theatre however not so beautiful is a place of attraction for the tourists due to its historical importance. This ugly concrete made theatre have been there on this location since second century AD, one can have a view of the lush green plains from the theatre. These plain however narrow but are green which are continuously being watered by the streams draining water from Lefke. Moving down is the car park, which is basically the foundations of a large fifth-century basilica. This basilica is famous for the mosaic from Roman times. The mosaic majorly consists of birds, animals, geometrical shapes and a historical swan which increases the beauty of this place.

The most mesmerizing of these structures is the set of dolphins which are flanking water along with the most beautiful swan both enclosed within a circle of floral patterns. Sadly this five aisled basilica was thrown to dust in the seventh century but is later reconstructed due to the construction of a smaller church close to this basilica.

Soli, Today:

Canadian individuals carried out a number of excavations in the region of the agora. This location is in the west of custodian’s hut and below the Amphitheatre. And, however, these expenditures were suspended after 1974. Not only these expenditures but also the work being carried out in the north have been stopped at the time. After the action, this region was fenced. Despite the fact that the area was fenced but before that, a colonnaded paved street going through the market. To a fountain, where the shrine had already been discovered. Along with the isle, other things discovered were the famous Aphrodite statuette and the bronze boy’s head. Both these things can now be found in the famous Cyprus Museum in south Nicosia.

Internal link: https://turkish.co.uk/soli-the-southwa…f-morphou-cyprus/

Outbound link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soli,_Cyprus

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