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    Saranta Kolones Castle

    by greekcypriot Written Nov 14, 2014

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    A symbol of Paphos rich heritage.

    The famed fort's name, Saranta Kolones (forty columns) originates from the fact that the castle was originally built on the base of 40 columns.


    The Lusignans built the forty columns in the 13th century, where previously a Byzantine Castle used to stand. It was originally built to protect the city’s coastline from Arab and pirate invasions in the 7th century, thus later on the Lusignans simply reconstructed it.


    At present, most of the castle is in ruins, but some areas are still maintained and can be explored like the dungeons and towers!

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    Saranta Kolones Castle

    by greekcypriot Written Nov 14, 2014

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    A Symbol of Paphos Rich Heritage.

    The famed fort’s name, Saranta Kolones (forty columns) originates from the fact that the castle was originally built on the base of 40 columns.

    The Lusignans built the forty columns in the 13th century, where previously a Byzantine Castle used to stand. It was originally built to protect the city’s coastline from Arab and pirate invasions in the 7th century, thus later on the Lusignans simply reconstructed it.

    At present, most of the castle is in ruins, but some areas are still maintained and can be explored like the dungeons and towers!

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    The Lighthouse, Odeon & Agora

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 14, 2014

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    What remains of Paphos Acropolis are ancient ruins and buildings, nonetheless its significance remains as one of the most historical symbols of the city’s long ancient history.


    The magnificent Acropolis is located near the city’s new Lighthouse.
    It was constructed in the 2nd century and the grand Odeon was made from limestone. Today the Odeon is still in operation, where multiple live musical and theatrical performances are staged!
    The ancient Odeon consists of a semi-circle structure with twelve rows of seats and played an important role in the island’s antiquity, but even today the millions of visitors that visit exhibit its vitality and importance.

    THE ASKLIPION

    The ruins of the Roman Temple of Asclepius lie on the south of the Odeon.

    hIt operated both as a hospital and temple of worship.
    The establishment was dedicated to the God of Medicine, Asklipios, whose priests were famed for their healing skills and extreme dedication.

    The Agora in English means market. It is estimated to have been constructed in the middle of the 2nd century AD, in a squared structure measuring 95 metres x 95 metres with colonnaded porticoes.

    Odeon and the Lighthouse The Lighthouse Agora Asklipion ruins The Odeon
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    The Exhibition Centre -The World of Cyprus Birds!

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    The Miracle of Migration

    Cyprus fully experiences the miracle of bird migration. It lies on one of the major bird migration routes across the Mediterranean. The island is a major staging post used twice a year as birds move between Africa, Europe and Eurasia.

    There are particularly outstanding sites to witness their arrival:

    The Athalassa Park.
    Larnaca Salt Lake.
    Acrotiri Salt Lake.
    Cape Greco.
    Paphos Plain and Headland.

    During my last visit to the Archaeological site by the harbor of Paphos I had the opportunity to enter the Visitor’s Centre and admire photographs of the birds of Cyprus in their natural habitat, as well as showcasing objects from the Museum’s collections, which depict birds or have the shape and form of birds.
    The Exhibition was co-organized with The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
    and Bird Life Cyprus

    The Leventis Municipal Museum is well known for its excellent exhibits which explain the history and prehistory of Cyprus and this temporary exhibition is typical of the high quality interactive approach of the curators.
    You will undoubtedly find the visit interesting.

    I spent 30 minutes here.

    The Exhibition Centre Interior 'Ambelopouli' Roller birds Interior
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    The Mosaics of Kato Paphos

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 11, 2014

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    A “Must Visit” are the Mosaics of Kato Paphos by the harbor.

    The mosaics of Nea Paphos are of exceptional beauty and significance worldwide.
    The city of Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The remains found in this site is of exceptional architectural and historic value. Aphrodite’s legendary birthplace was in Cyprus, and her temple was erected by the Myceneans the 12th century B.C.

    Open daily:

    Winter hours (16th September – 15th April): 8.30 - 17.00
    Summer hours (16th April – 15th September): 8.30 - 19.30


    Entrance: €4.50 (Paid at the entrance of the Archaeological Park and includes all sites within the Park)

    Inside the archaeological site Inside the archaeological site Impressive and so precious mosaics! Excavations continue Remains of exceptional beauty and value!
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    The House of Aion - 3rd -5th Cent. A.D

    by greekcypriot Written Nov 9, 2014

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    The mosaics in this house date back to the 4th century A.D.
    The most significant mythological scenes worth seeing here are”

    The bath of Dionysus

    Leda and the Swan

    Beauty contest between Cassiopeia and the Nereids

    Apollo and Marsyas

    Triumphant procession of Dionysus

    Mosaics in the house of Aion Lyda with the swan Inside the house Ruins of the house of Aion Information about the house
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    The House of Theseus

    by greekcypriot Written Nov 9, 2014

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    Here in this house the visitor can see the very interesting geometrical decorations and also mythological representations.

    The most outstanding mosaic is the one showing Theseus killing the Minotaur, and the other is the Birth of Achilles.

    This house is very close to the house of Dionysus. Both date back to the second century A.D.

    The mosaic of Theseus killing the minotaur The mosaic of Theseus killing the minotaur The mosaic showing the birth of Achilles The house of Theseus The house of Theseus
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    Coral Bay Beach in Peyia

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    Coral Bay beach is tourists' favourite beach in Paphos.
    I was recently here and I have a video showing the whole of the coral bay. (Don't miss it).

    Take the coast road from Paphos Town north for about 14 miles signposted to Peyia. There are frequent service buses from Kato Paphos

    The Coral Bay Beach in Peyia
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    Paphos Castle in Kato Paphos

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 23, 2011

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    Paphos castle is located in Kato Paphos at the harbour. This castle was originally built to protect the harbour and was a Byzantine fort.

    The castle itself is a stunning stone walled castle built on the harbour. There is an arched battle way bridge that connects the castle to the harbour itself. There are very few windows in this castle but the view from the top platform is magnificent and from here you can see Kato Paphos in all its glory. It really is a site worth seeing and for those interested in culture; Paphos Castle is a definite must see during your trip to Cyprus.

    Paphos Castle is listed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites and is fully protected.

    Once inside the castle there is not much to see or do but once you reach the top platform you will see the breath taking view of the marina. Many people also use Paphos Castle as a backdrop for some amazing and memorable holiday pictures.

    The Castle from a distance
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    The promenade

    by globetrott Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    There is a great promenade and boulevard with palmtrees next to the port-area of Kato Pafos with a lot of food-stands and garden-restaurants and places to rent a boat or book an excursion.
    There is a large car-park as well that is ment mainly for the visitors of the excarvation-area there.

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    Kato Pafos : more mosaiques

    by globetrott Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    Kato Pafos : more mosaiques I have to say, I have never seen so many mosaiques of excellent quality in any excarvation-area so far. In most cases there is a wooden path in a distance of about half a meter above the mosaiques, so nobody will be able to step on them and you can also make perfect photos from up there. Unfortunately I also had the shadows of the afternoon-sun on my pics !
    You will need at least 2-3 hours in order to see all of these excarvations and the best mosaiques, that are spread all over a wide area.

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    Kato Paphos: the house of Theseus

    by globetrott Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    The house of Theseus in Kato Pafos has one of the most beautiful mosaiques in Kato Paphos with a diameter of 12 meters. Kato Paphos of nowadays was called Nea Pafos when the Romans built this town around 58BC. Nea Pafos was an important port and a weathly town, you can still see that by the outstanding quality of the mosaiques
    in this excarvation-area. A lot of houses are still under the ground.

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    Kato Paphos: the house of Dionysos

    by globetrott Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    The house of Dionysos in Kato Paphos is the first building that you will get to, when entering the excarvation-area next to the port of Kato Paphos. Take a look at these wonderful mosaiques, they almost look like paintings and it is a pity that the colors are a bit faded. All of these excarvations in Kato Papfos are included in the UNESCO-Worldheritage-list.

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    step inside and on top of Paphos castle

    by globetrott Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    step inside and on top of Paphos castle and you will see a great panorama of the town Kato Paphos and the surrounding areas. On the ground-floor of the castle you will see some large halls and this part of the castle is also free of charge. Only for the 1st floor you have to pay a small fee of 1,70euros and stepping up is possible only over a narrow and steep staircase that is used by both directions, but normally not many people will step up there .

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    Kato Pafos : 7 columns

    by globetrott Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    In Kato Pafos you will find a wide area of excarvations,where it takes quite a long time to walk through and all that you mostly will see are the basements of the former buildings and a lot of interesting mosaiques on the floor. Here at the 7 columns is the only place that I remember where you get a feeling what the houses or temples might have looked like.

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