Local Archaeological Museum of Marion-Arsinoe, Polis Chrysochous
Although the museum is relatively small, it is part of the island’s Route of Aphrodite that connects important sites across Cyprus related to the myth of the Goddess of Love. The collection at Polis has been included because of the figurine statues of a Cypriot fertility goddess, which likely inspired the creation of Aphrodite centuries later.
Most of the items on display were found in the local region where the ancient city-kingdom of Marion-Arsinoe once stood. Marion was an important commercial centre in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, with close ties with Athens. During the Hellenistic-Roman period, Marion was renamed Arsinoe and is now the small town of Polis Chrysochous, commonly known as simply ‘Polis’.
It doesn’t take too long to explore the archaeological museum but it’s a nice stop on your way to see the Baths of Aphrodite and other parts of the nearby Akamas Peninsula.