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Old Paphos

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Cyprus.

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Paphos is the site of some treasures of the ancient world. The Greeks believed that Paphos Harbour was the site of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, ‘s birth when her loveliness was created from sea spray against a rock. The temple to her, built just back from the harbour was one of the most popular pilgrimage spots in the ancient world – probably in part because while at other temples gifts and sacrifices were the order of the day, at Aphrodite’s temple there were licensed prostitutes to help ease the woes of tired pilgrims and worshippers. These days little but the pillars remain of what must once have been a well worn temple.

The town’s fame and wealth grew with that of the temple, which is why the mosaic remains of ancient Roman villas have been discovered here. There are three famous examples, quite near to the harbour and featuring scenes from mythology and beautifully done in a variety of stone, marble and glass.

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“Sanctuary of Aphrodite”

In the ancient Greek world, Palea Paphos was one of the most important pilgrimage centers due to its famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. Today, virtually all that remains is the holy ground itself. The ancient Sanctuary of… Read more...

Written by  Martin Gray. Sanctuary of Aphrodite on Sacred Destinations


'Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. It was a centre of the cult of Aphrodite and of pre-Hellenic fertility deities. Aphrodite's legendary birthplace was on this island, where her temple was erected by the Myceneans in the 12th century… Read more...

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Paphos Town

Paphos dates back to the 4th century B.C, and was the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman times. It is also the legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Remains in the archaeological sites are of villas, palaces, theatres, mosaics, fortresses, and tombs.

The harbor, fish tavernas, souvenir shops and beautiful hotels coupled with the historically important archaeological sites of Paphos satisfies every various activity I have ever needed on holiday. Settled along the scenic coastline, this small town combines history with elegance as you walk down the small streets, strolling amongst some great touristy areas as well as thousands of years of stories.

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