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Interesting places in Paphos

mosaics paphosThe whole town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world heritage. Wherever one treads in Paphos one comes across its glorious history which dates back thousands of years, when the cult of goddess Aphrodite who emerged from its seas, flourished in this beautiful part of the world attracting many visitors from inland and abroad.

Today it is a small harbor town, but in Hellenistic and Roman times it was the capital of Cyprus. Still under the spell of her Beauty goddess, the area retaining her magic has remained intact by time. It seduces its visitor with its majestic landscape, lovely coastline, historical treasures and delightful villages where tradition is still a way of life. Kept in harmony with nature are divine mediaeval monasteries, which lie peacefully in the Paphos heartland


THE MOSAICS OF PAPHOS

The mosaic floors of these noblemen's villas dating from the 3rd to the 5th century AD are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mainly depict scenes from Greek mythology.

House of Dionysos, House of Theseus and House of Aion
Kato Paphos, near the harbor,

Pafos, Tel: 26 306217
September-May     : 08.00-17.00
June-August          : 08.00-19.30
Entrance Fees       : CYP 2.00


THEOSKEPASTI CHURCH

Kato Paphos.
Theoskepasti means 'Veiled by God'. According to tradition, a fog was sent by God to protect the original church during the Arab raids. The modern church was built in 1923.


GEROSKIPOU FOLK ART MUSEUM

Geroskipou village, 3 km east of Paphos. Tel: (26) 240216
The name of the village comes from the Greek phrase "Hieros Kepos", the sacred garden of Aphrodite. A fascinating collection of folk arts and crafts is exhibited in the beautiful Chatzismith house.

Tel: 26 306216
Monday-Friday:07.30-14.30
Thursday: 07.30-18.00 July- August
(Closed on Thursday afternoon)

Entrance Fees   : CYP 1.00

AYIA PARASKEVI CHURCH

Geroskipou village, 3 km east of Paphos.
One of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island, dating to the l0th century. It is a basilica surmounted by five domes forming a cross and has beautiful mural paintings dating mainly to the l5th century.


SANCTUARY OF APHRODITE - PALAIPAFOS MUSEUM

APHRODITEKouklia village,14 km east of Paphos, off the Lemesos - Paphos road, Tel: (26) 432180

PalaiPaphos (Old Paphos) was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once city-kingdom of Cyprus. Here stood the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite, the most ancient remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. The glorious days of the sanctuary lasted till the 3rd-4th century. The museum, housed in the Lusignan Manor, contains many interesting finds from the area, and excavations continue on the site of the sanctuary, the city and the necropolis.
Kouklia village, 14 km (9 miles) east of Paphos
Monday - Friday: 19:00 - 16:00 (Summer 07:30-18:00
Sat and Sun : 09.00 -16.00 (Summer 09.00-17.00)
Entrance Fees       : CYP 1.50


SARANTA KOLONES

pafos_sarantakolonesKato Paphos, near the harbour.

This castle was built by the Lusignans at the beginning of the early l3th century on the site of a previous Byzantine Castle. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1222.

 




PAPHOS MEDIAEVAL FORT

Kato Paphos harbour.
Originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the l3th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.
Daily: 10:00-17:00
(Summer daily) 10:00-18:00

Entrance Fees      : CYP 1.00

Paphos Fort-Mediaeval Castle3


PANAGIA LIMENIOTISSA BASILICA

Kato Paphos, near the harbour.
Built in the early 5th century and dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Harbour', it was almost completely destroyed during the 7th century Arab raids.


PANAGIA CHRYSOPOLITISSA CHURCH AND BYZANTINE BASILICA

Kato Paphos
Built in the l3th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. Within the compound one can see St. Paul's Pillar, where according to tradition Saint Paul was flogged before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity.


AYIOS NEOFYTOS MONASTERY

9 km north of Paphos.
Founded at the end of the l2th century by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neofytos. The "Egkleistra", an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the l2th to l5th century. In the monastery's church there is a very interesting ecclesiastical museum.


CHRYSORROGIATISSA MONASTERY

40 km northeast of Paphos, turn right before Stroumpi village.
The monastery is also reached from Kykkos Monastery via the forest.
Set in beautiful surroundings, the monastery, originally founded in the l2th century AD, is dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Golden

CRISORROGIATISSA

Pomegranate'. The monastery, whose present building dates back to 1770, has a collection of important icons and treasures. An impressive religious ceremony and celebrations are held on l5th August. The old winery of the monastery produces some of the best vintage wine of Cyprus.


TOMBS OF THE KINGS

Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. They are carved out of solid rock with some being decorated with Doric pillars. High officials rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name.

Pafos, Tel: 26 306295
Daily: 08.00-17.00 November-March
08.00-18.00 April-May, September-October
08.00-19.30 June- August
Entrance Fees      : CYP 1.00


tombs of the kings-Paphos


AGIA SOLOMONI CHURCH

Originally a Christian catacomb retaining some of the l2th century frescoes. A sacred tree at the entrance is believed to cure the ailments of those who hang a personal offering on its branches.
Kato Paphos, Leoforos Agiou Pavlou

 

PETRA TOY ROMIOU

Birthplace of Aphrodite

On the main road of Limassol – Paphos. 25 km east of Paphos.

petra tou romiou

According to legend, Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou 'The Rock of the Greek' is associated with the legendary frontier-guard of Byzantine times Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with amazing strength. It is said that he heaved this large rock into the sea destroying the enemy's ship.


BATHS OF APHRODITE

Akamas Peninsula, near Polis. 48 km north of Paphos.Aphrodite's Bath3
According to legend, the goddess Aphrodite used to take her beauty baths in a pool of a natural grotto, shaded by a fig tree, which can still be visited.
Nature trails set off from Akamas to lead nature lovers to incomparable views of unspoiled land.

More details on these trails can be obtained from a special leaflet issued by the Cyprus Tourism Organization in co-operation with the Forestry Department.
Paphos Aquarium
Artemidos 1

All THE YEAR ROUND
Daily: 10:00-20:00
Museum of the Mycenae Colonization of Cyprus


PAFOS DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Pafos Archaeological Museum_statuefaceThe Pafos District Archaeological Museum houses a collection of finds from the Pafos area from the Neolithic age to 1700 AD. Of special interest are a set of surgical instruments and a rate sculpture of warrior Aphrodite. The museum is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.

Odos Griva Digeni,
Tel: 26 306215
Open all year around

Monday - Friday   : 09.00-17.00 
Saturday:               10.00-13.00
Entrance Fees     : CYP 1.00 

BYZANTINE MUSEUM

An interesting collection of objects from the Byzantine period, including Byzantine icons from the 12th to 18th century.

Joined to the Bishopric building (near Ag. Theodoros Church), Pafos. Tel: 26 931393
Monday – Sunday   : 09.00-16.00 
Saturday   : 09.00-13.00 
Entrance Fees     : CYP 1.00 

ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM

Interesting private collection of objects from the Neolithic Age to the present day.

Odos Exo Vrisis, 1
Tel: 26 932010

Monday - Saturday: 09.30-17.00 
Sunday                  : 10, 00-12.00 
Entrance Fees      : CYP 1.50

KATO PAFOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

The inclusion of the Kato Pafos archaeological site in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1980 was starting point for the creation of a General Plan whose aim would be primarily to protect and maintain the archaeological remains, as well as to promote them and provide comprehensive information to visitors. Kato Pafos archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, while most remains date to the Roman period. The marvelous mosaic floors of four Roman villas form the impressive epicenter of the finds. The complex includes other important monuments, such as the Asklipieion, the Odeion, the Agora, the Saranta Colones (Forty Columns) Fortress, the ‘’Limeniotissa’’ Ruins of Early Christian Basilica and the ‘’Tombs of the Kings’’.


TEMPLE OF APHRODITE

Kouklia village,14 km east of Paphos.

This is Palaepaphos, Old Paphos, one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage of the ancient Greek world, and once an ancient city kingdom of Cyprus. Here are the ruins of the famous Temple of Aphrodite, the most ancient remains, go back to the 12th century B.C. The temple was one of the most important places of cult and pilgrimage of the ancient world, till the 3rd-4th century A.D. The Museum, housed in the Lusignan Manor, is small but impressive with many finds from the area.


PAPHOS ODEON

A small 2nd century Odeon built entirely of well-hewn limestone blocks, it is now used in the summer for musical and theatrical performances. Nearby are the remains of the ancient city walls, the Roman Agora and a building dedicated to Asklipeios, god of medicine.

Kato Paphos

Paphos Odeon

 


POLIS
(known in ancient times as Marion)  


37 km north of Paphos
One of the ancient city kingdoms of Cyprus, it became an important commercial centre in Classical and Hellenistic times, with close relations with Athens. Some beautiful houses, dating to the beginning of this century, can still be seen here. Polis, with its excellent climate and beautiful beaches and scenery, is now developing into a popular resort.

AKAMAS     

The Akamas peninsula situated to the north west of Paphos is a unique area with outstanding varied vegetation, wildlife, landscapes and coasts. The number of plant species found here are up to 600, 35 of which are endemic, there are also 168 species of bird, 20 reptiles and butterfly species and 12 mammals.

 
Akamas National Park

Akamas also has a rich historical and cultural heritage, according to Greek mythology the area took its name from heroic Akamas, son of Theseus, this is also where Aphrodite and Adonis had their love trysts. The unspoilt countryside, variety of landscape and vegetation make Akamas a real joy for walkers and naturalists.



ADONIS BATHS

Adonis BathsAdonis baths, at a two level waterfall, is a beautiful little paradise which is well worth visiting. This is where Adonis the lover of Aphrodite used to bathe, according to Greek mythology. Here you will have the opportunity of swimming and swing from a rope into the refreshing mountain waters




 


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