Tenta, also known as Kalavasos-Tenta, is a Neolithic settlement which dates back to eighth millennium BC. According to local source, the locality of Tenta was named after St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, pitched her tent on the site when she returned to Cyprus in AD 327 from her trip to Jerusalem, bearing the Cross of the Crucifixion, before the construction of the Stavrovouni Monastery which is located close to the Tenta settlement.

There are relatively many similarities with the Khirokitia settlement. As mentioned by the first excavator of the two sites, Porphyrios Dikaios, the settlement of Tenta includes a small but densely populated to its center, village. The houses were built near the highest peak of a small natural hill and approximately 18 human skeletons were dug up from the site. In addition, a proportional large building discovered in the Western part of the settlement but archaeologists are still uncertain about its use.

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Founded: 800-700 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Cyprus

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Costas Michael Trokkoudes (16 months ago)
Well looked after archaeological site dating back to the early neolithic era. Ticket price is two and a half euros. (€2,5). Νεολιθικη περίοδος στο νησί. Ακεραμικη περίοδος.
Nabil Hindi (2 years ago)
Very enjoyable
Epp Ekkelenkamp (2 years ago)
Nice place in the shade of a beautiful canopy
Dagmar Georgiadou (2 years ago)
Worth a visit if you are nearby.
David Offenberg (2 years ago)
Interesting and inspiring prehistoric site which is definitely worth a quick stop when you are around Choirokoitia anyway.
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