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Cyprus Culture Agrotourism - Paphos Cyprus Archaelogical Sites Print E-mail

Take the opportunity during your vacations at our Agrotourism or Ecotourism Holiday Resorts to visit some of the most outstanding archaeological sites of Cyprus.

 

1. Paphos Archaelogical Park

Kato Pafos archaeological site included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1980. The archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, and Roman period. The marvellous mosaic floors of four Roman villas from the impressive epicentre of the finds. The complex includes other important monuments, such as the Asklipieion, the Odeion, the Agora, the "Saranta Kolones", Fortress, the "Limeniotissa" Ruins of early Christian Basilica and the "Tombs of the Kings".

 

2. Medieval Castle of Paphos, Horbour, Kato Paphos.

 Open Daily:

 08.00-17.00 (November-March)

08.00-18.00 (April, May, September, October)

08.00-19.30 (June-August) 

 

Pafos castle was 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 during the Ottoman invasion and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century. Originally, this role was served by the Saranta Kolones fort, the ruins of which lie a few hundred meters to the north. During its long history, the Pafos Castle was used, as well as for protection, as prison cells, and even as a storage area for salt when the island was a British colony. In 1935 it was declared an ancient monument and today is considered as one of the hallmarks of the Pafos region. Many cultural events take place in the square just in front of the castle, while during September each year the Pafos Aphrodite Festival which presents a different opera every year staged here by world famous artists with the castle building usually acting as part of the scenery.

 

 

3. Aphrodites Temple - Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus.  

 

 

 The Sanctuary of Aphrodite is located at Kouklia village, 14 km east of Pafos. Palaipafos, which means Old Pafos, was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once a 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 are continuing on the site of the sanctuary, the city and the necropolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

Sander, The Netherlands.

Getting away from it all! We really enjoyed our stay at this house. Pambos, the owner, did a great job in making us feel at home right from the start! The house itself is located at the end of a steep road, near the edge of a small village. The pictures just do not do it enough justice, when we arrived there were flowers everywhere. And besides completely unobstructed views, you will enjoy lots of privacy at the pool. And even though it feels miles away, Paphos is only 15 minutes by car. The interior has lots of traditional details. We had a great stay at the house! An excellent way to see the real Cyprus, without giving up any comfort. Recommended for:Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway October 24. Rating *****: 5 out of 5.

Superblade, UK

We also recommended the route to the Troodos mountains via the track towards Nata, turning left on to the road towards Panagia Chrysorrogiatissa.” Date of Stay: August-September 2010. Rating *****: 5 out of 5.