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Attractions - Paphos

Tombs of the Kings

There are actually no kings buried here. Rather the site known as the Tombs of the Kings, one mile (two km) northwest of Paphos harbour towards Coral Bay, was the final resting place of about 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats who lived and died in the city between 3 BC and 3 AD. The tombs are impressive, carved out of solid rock, some featuring Doric pillars and frescoed walls. Archaeological excavations are ongoing at the site, which also features a church known as Paleoekklisia, which sports traces of Byzantine frescoes.

Tombs of the Kings - Pafos

Telephone: 2630 6295; Opening time: Daily 8am to 5pm (until 7.30pm in summer); Admission: C0.75

The Mosaics of Paphos

Ramoc Mosaic, Paphos Cyprus Tourism

The striking mosaic floors in a series of ancient Roman noblemens villas, dating from the third to fifth century AD, are a must-see for visitors to Paphos. The site where the villas are still being excavated can be found about 300 metres from the Paphos harbour. The mosaics featuring mythological scenes are visible in the houses of Dionysus, Orpheus and Aion, and the Villa of Theseus. All were constructed of small cubes of marble and stone, called tesserae, with glass paste added to widen the range of colour. In the House of Dionysus, for example, 5,985 square feet (556 sq metres) of floor space in 14 rooms are covered with the gorgeous mosaics.

Acropolis

Near the modern Paphos lighthouse is sited a complex of ancient buildings, including a Roman Odeon, built in the 2nd century AD, which has been restored and is now used for summer orchestral and stage performances. The Odeon was the focus of the ancient city centre, of which some ruins still remain in the area. South of the Odeon are the remnants of the Roman Temple of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, and north of the lighthouse are the ruins of the ancient town walls.

Address: Kyriakou Nikolaou Street; Telephone: 2630 6217; Opening time: Daily 8am to 5pm (until 7.30pm in summer); Admission: C1.50

Catacombs

A large pistachio tree marks the entrance to the underground catacombs of Agia Solomoni in Kato Paphos. The tree is a strange sight, festooned as it usually is with pieces of cloth tied onto it by the faithful as offerings, in the hope that this sacred tree will cure various ailments. The catacombs themselves were carved into Fabrica hill, below the ancient Roman city wall, in the 4th century BC, and later became chapels for the early Christians. The underground chapels feature some interesting frescoes and graffiti left by 13th-century Crusaders, and there are numerous legends and stories attached to the patron saint Ayia Solomoni. Visitors are advised to take a torch along to explore the catacombs.

Address: Agio Pavlou Street

Pafos Mediaeval Fort

Pafos - Harbour area                                
June-August
Daily: 10:00-18:00
September-May
Daily: 10:00-17:00
Entrance fees: C0,75

Pafos Medieval Fort

Originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.

Pafos District Archaeological Museum

Griva Digeni 43,
Tel: 357 26 30 62 15
All the year round
Monday-Friday: 09:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-13:00
Entrance fees: C0,75

Attractive collection of Cypriot antiquities from the Pafos area, dating from the Neolithic age to 1700 AD

Museum of the Mycenaean Colonisation of Cyprus

Maa-Paleokastro (Coral Bay area)
Monday-Saturday: 10:00-16:00
Sunday closed
Entrance fees: C0,75

This is an area which accommodated the first ancient (Mycenaean) Greeks, who emigrated to Cyprus at around 1200 BC after the fall of the Mycenaean Kingdoms in mainland Greece. This is a very important site of Cyprus because this is where Hellenism on the island originated.
The little museum with its unusual architecture is the work of Andrea Bruno, Professor at the University of Turin and one of Europe's greatest architects. The Museum depicts colonisation of Cyprus by the Mycenaean Greeks

Byzantine Museum

Adjoined to the Bishopric
(near Ag. Theodoros Church),
5 Andrea Ioannou Str., Pafos
Tel: 357 26 93 13 93
April-October
Monday-Friday: 09:00-17:00
Saturday: 09:00-13:00
November-March
Monday-Friday: 09:00-16:00
Saturday: 09:00-13:00
Entrance fees: C1,00

An attractive collection of objects from the Byzantine period, including Byzantine icons from the 7th to 18th centuries, and the oldest icon found yet in Cyprus of 7th or 8th century

Ethnographical Museum

1 Exo Vrisis Str.
Tel: 357 26 93 20 10
Monday- Saturday: 09:30-17:00
Sunday: 10:00-12:00
Entrance fees: C1,50

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

Attractions from Paphos to Limassol

Archaeological site at Agios Georgios, Pegeia

Agios Georgios, Pegeia village
Monday-Saturday: 10:00-16:00
Sunday closed
Entrance fees: C0,75

Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Palaipafos Museum, Mediaeval Manor

Kouklia village, 14 km (9 miles) east of Pafos
Tel: 357 26 43 21 80
Daily: 09:00-16:00
Entrance fees: C0,75

Palaipafos, Old Pafos, 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 amcient 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

Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis

Episkopi, 3 km (1,8 miles) west of Kourion
Tel: 357 25 99 10 49
Daily: 09:00-17:00
(June - August 09:00-19:30 )
Entrance fees: C0,75  

Apollo Ylatis, God of the Woodland, was the protector of the city of Kourion. The cult of Apollo was celebrated here from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The southwest side of the temple has been restored and excavations have also revealed other structures of this important sanctuary such as the bath complex, the pilgrim halls, the palaistra and a holy precinct

Temple of Apollo

Kourion, Archaelogical Site

Episkopi, 19 km (11,5 miles) west of Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: 357 25 99 10 48
Daily : 08:00-17:00
(June - August 08:00-19:30 )
Entrance fees: C1,00  

An important ancient city-kingdom, and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island where excavations still bring new treasures to light. The magnificent Graeco-Roman Theatre was originally built in the 2nd century BC and is now fully restored and used for musical and theatrical performances. The House of Eustolios, originally a private Roman villa, became a public recreation centre during the Early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and a number of rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors. The Early Christian basilica dated to the 5th century, was probably the Cathedral of Kourion with a baptistery attached to the north face. The House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators have beautiful mosaic floors. The Nymphaeum, dedicated to the water nymphs, is an elegant Roman structure. The Stadium lies 1km to the west on the right side of the road to Pafos and is dated to the 2nd century AD.

Kourion, Graeco - Roman Theatre

Kolossi Mediaeval Castle

Kolossi
14 km (9 miles) west of Lemesos (Limassol)
Tel: 357 25 93 49 07
Daily: 09:00 -17:00
(June-August: 09:00-19:30)
Entrance fees: C0,75

A fine example of military architecture, originally constructed in the 13th century and subsequently rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 15th century. After the fall of Acre in 1291, it served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In the 14th century it came, for a few years, under the domain of the Knights Templar. Nearby are the ruins of a sugar mill dating to the 14th century.

Kolossi Castle - Lemesos

Mediaeval Castle Lemesos

It was inside this 14th-century fortress that Richard the Lionheart, having shipwrecked in Cyprus on his way to the Crusades, married Berengaria of Navarre. It houses the Mediaeval Museum, with fascinating exhibits of armour, cannons and other relics related to the Crusades. Visitors can climb a wooden staircase to the rooftop for a panoramic view.

Amathous Archaeological Site

11 km (7 miles) east of Lemesos centre
Daily: 09:00-17:00
(June - August: 09:00 -19:30 )
Entrance fees: C0,75

One of the ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be taken care of after his battle with the Minotaur. A very important cult of Aphrodite-Astarte flourished here. Excavations have revealed parts of the Acropolis and Agora areas, as well as part of the upper and lower city. The remains including five early Christian Basilicas date from the Archaic, Roman and Christian periods.

Ancient Amathous, east of Lemesos

Attractions Troodos

Kykkos Monastery

Kykkos Monastery
The monastery is located 12km after Pedoulas village in Troodos mountain area.
Museum of Kykkos Monastery
Tel: 357 22 94 27 36

The Monastery And Museum of Kykkos Monastery are daily open
November-May: 10:00-16:00
June-October: 10:00-18:00
Entrance fees: 1.50, 1.00 for groups

Kykkos Monastery, Troodos Mountains

The most famous and richest monastery in Cyprus. Founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it possesses one of the three surviving icons ascribed to Saint Luke. The icon, covered in silver gilt and enclosed in a shrine of tortoiseshell and mother-of -pearl, stands at the front of the iconostasis. The first President of Cyprus, Archibishop Makarios III served here as a novice. At his own wish he was buried at Throni, 3 km west of the Monastery, and not far form his native village of Panagia. Religious fairs are held at Kykkos on the 15th August and 8th September.
The Museum of Kykkos, www.kykkos-museum.cy.net, houses an important collection of consecrated vessels and Cypriot antiquities.

 

 

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