Cyprus..a land famous in all ages. The rosy realm of
the romantic kingdom of the Crusaders.
Paphos - Gods' Playground
Capital of the West and positively teeming with
history is Pafos, site of the island's second international
airport. The resort town has as its focal point a charming
fishing harbour by Paphos Fort, line with open-air cafes and
tavernas that serve a tempting menu of the day's catch.
It was on Pafos shoreline that the mythological
Goddess Aphrodite was born a legend that spawned a massive
wave of cult worship from neighbouring countries that lasted
several centuries. The large rock that just from the sea is
known as "Petra tou Romiou" - The Venus Rock - while the Baths
of Aphrodite at Polis also echoes her apparent penchant for
the island. At Palaepaphos, Kouklia lie the remains of the
Goddess' earliest Sanctuary.
Another "first" for
Pafos was its early recognition of Christianity. While under
Roman rule in 45 A.D, it was here that Saint Paul converted
the first ruler to the faith. The legacy from its remarkable
history adds up to nothing less than an open museum, so much
so that UNESCO simply added the whole town to its World
Cultural Heritage List. Among the treasures unrearthed, are
the remarkable mosaics in the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus and
Aion, beautifully preserved after 16 centuries under the
Then there are the mysterious vaults and caves,
the Tombs of the Kings, the Pillar to which Saint Paul was
allegedly tied and whipped, the ancient Odeon Theatre and
other places of interest including the Byzantine Museum and
the District Archaeological Museum.
its remarkable five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi,
and its Folk Art Museum is a village known for many years now
for its special delight "loukoumi".
Monastery, famous for its "Encleistra", Enclosure, carved out
of the mountain by the hermit himself, boasts some of the
finest Byzantine frescoes of the 12th and 15th centuries.
Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery makes its own range of wines
using homegrown grapes. A small museum dedicated to Archbishop
Makarios, first president of Cyprus,is found at Pano Panagia.
From here it is a rewarding drive to the majestic Cedar
Valley, home of the indigenous Cyprus horned sheep, the
Lempa village can be singled out as one with
particular historic significance. In its pretty setting near
the sea, Lempa's link with prehistory is the site of a
chalcolithic settlement. Today the faithful reconstruction of
several dwellings, gives an insight into chalcolithic life on
Further north lies the resort-town of
Polis, overlooking the beautiful Chrysochou Bay with its
charming fishing refuge of Latsi. The relatively unspoilt
state of the countryside and villages make the area a real
delight for the walker and naturalist.
scenery around Pafos,much of it cultivated with banana
plantations and backed by the gentle foothills of the Western
Troodos range, has an attractively open quality to it. This is
the gateway to the Peninsula of Akamas, a natural wilderness
of incredible beauty with breathtaking gorges, spectacular
coastlines and enjoyable nature trails.
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For further Information Contact:
32 Dimokratias Avenue
8046 Paphos - Cyprus
P.O.Box 61637 - 8136 Paphos - Cyprus
Tel: +357 26960067
Fax: 357 26911455