Yeronisos, (Greek: Γερόνησος; English: Holy Island) is a small island lying of the west coast of Cyprus.
In one of our trips, the Heart Cyprus team happened to pass by this amazing area and took this mini-video of Yeronisos for all of us to enjoy.
Yeronisos is located 280 metres from the fishing harbour of Peyia, Pafos and has been uninhabited since the 14th or 15th century.
It is likely that the name refers to the Apollo sanctuary that stood there in the 1st century BC.
The island was first excavated in 1982 by Sophocles Hadjisavvas following a proposal to build a hotel on the island. He quickly established the presence of Hellenistic remains on the island. Which halted all further attempts to build on the island. In 1989, Joan Breton Connelly from New York University heard about the work and impressed by the range of the material joined the excavations which have continued since then.
The excavations have established three periods of occupation on Yeronisos. Early Chalcolithic (3800 BC), late Hellenistic (80-30 BC, and Byzantine (6th-7th century and 13th century). The most intense of this activity is the late Hellenistic period at a time when Cleopatra ruled Cyprus.