Sanctuary of Apollo HylatesJanuary 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F
The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates dates back to the Late Bronze Age, we’re talking in the neighborhood of 2000 BC, y’all!
Like all the sanctuaries of Apollo, it was located outside of town. This one lies to the west of what was once the ancient city of Kourion.
This sanctuary was originally dedicated to male fertility. It was associated with the god Apollo, but later renamed Hylates.
Hylates comes from an ancient Greek word “Hyle,” meaning “forest.” He is a nature deity connected with wildlife, forests, and wild animals, especially deer.Read more
The whole area was probably once forest and climate change from natural conditions and need for fuel wiped it out...? Ya think?? [Larry Pressler]
It’s still quite forested, Larry, but farmers have covered many hills with grape vines. They make a lot of wine in Cyprus.