Paphos, Cyprus – February, 2022

The city of Paphos is famous for its ancient history, Roman mosaics, and it’s the birthplace of Aphrodite. Paphos is quite spread out and we stayed in between the old town and the harbour. It was the perfect location and we could walk everywhere.

Paphos harbour has a lovely promenade lined with cafes, gelato shops, and the Paphos Castle. The castle was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour. It was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century and then dismantled by the Venetians. The Ottomans rebuilt it in the 16th century. 

The Nea Paphos Archaeological Park is one of the most important historical sites on the island and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between the 2nd century BC and 4th century AD, Pafos was the capital city of Cyprus. The Roman mosaic floors from the 3rd century AD are amazing! 

The ancient theatre is from the Hellenistic-late Roman period. 

The Saranta Kolones castle was built in 7th century AD. It was built to protect the port and the city from Arab raids. 

The Catacomb of Agia Solomoni. 

The Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest early Byzantine basilica on the island. Also found here is St. Paul’s Pillar, it’s said that Saint Paul was tied to this marble pillar and received 39 lashings for preaching Christianity. The floor of the basilica was covered with beautiful mosaics. 

The Tombs of the Kings form part of the archeological park. The underground tombs date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. High ranking officials and aristocracy were buried here, not Kings. The magnificence of the tombs gave it the name. 

There’s a paved coastal path that goes in both directions from the harbour. We took some beautiful walks here enjoying the sea views and spring flowers. 

This was an interesting shrine we happened to walk by. 

There’s some old Turkish baths in the city from medieval times. They were in use until the 1950’s. 

Paphos old town is nice to walk around with some cute restaurants and bars. 

We visited a few sites out of town and it was great to take in the gorgeous scenery as well as the archeological sites. 

It is said that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess was born on this rock! 

The archaeological site of Palaipafos with the Sanctuary of Aphrodite was nice to see and has a stunning Roman mosaic on display. 

These beautiful old churches were just outside of the gate. 

The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates isn’t a large site but it’s a great one to visit. It is believed that he was worshipped at the site from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.

And it was Valentines while we were here…

We had a great time in Paphos and there’s so much to see and do in the city and surrounding area. It’s definitely worth visiting! 

Written by: Tammy Hermann
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2 Responses to Paphos, Cyprus – February, 2022

  1. Lorraine says:

    What an interesting history awesome photography thank you Love mom ❤️

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