Kato Paphos, Paphos

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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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    the mosaics of paphos

    by call_me_rhia Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    The most well-known sight, in Paphos, are its mosaics... wonderful mosaics found in a large archaeological site right next to the harbour, where the first Paphos was established. What you can see here are the mosaic floors of 3rd century AD noblemen's villas.

    The main sights are those of the House of Dionysos, the House of Theseus and the House of Aion - the House of Orpheus is being excavated right now, and very promising. The most impressive mosaics are those depicting scenes from Greek mythology.

    In the House of Dionysus look out for the mythological mosaics (in particular of Dionysus, the god of wine) and patterned decorations. In the House of Theseus don't miss the one with Theseus killing the Minotaur. In the House of Aion it's all about beauty: theBath of Dionysus, the Beauty Contest between Cassiopia and Nereids, Leda and the Swan, The Triumphant Procession of Dionysus and Apollo and Marysyas.

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    Panaya Chrysopolitissa Church

    by call_me_rhia Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    Panaya Chrysopolitissa Church was definitely my favourite sight in Paphos... just a few steps from the busy and cheesy seafront, and yet basically deserted... a real oasis of beauty and tranquillity.

    This little church was built in the 13th century over the ruins of a large Byzantine basilica, and it is intact and well preserved. However, it is only one tiny fragment of what there is to see there. On the church compound, an archaeological site is being excavated - and the ruins of the former basilica are incredible, with its ornated columns and mosaic floors.

    You can also see St. Paul's Pillar, the pillar where - according to tradition - Saint Paul was flogged before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus was converted to Christianity.

    Entrance to the site, by the way, is free.

    Panaya Chrysopolitissa Church Panaya Chrysopolitissa Church St. Paul's Pillar

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    Visit Kourion.

    by leics Written Jan 2, 2008

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    There will probably be daytours you can pick up, but hiring a car would be better simply because you can have more time at this fantastic site as well as stop at various places of interest on the way (such as the Sanctuary of Hylates).

    Kourion is a massive ancient city set on a bluff above the sea on the Pafos side of Limassol. It was flattened by an earthquake in the 4th century, and is only partially-excavated, but what is visible is stunning.

    As well as a massive agora (market-place) there is an early-Christian basilica, a house damaged by the earthquake (in which several bodies were found) and several private houses with beautiful mosaics. The sheer size of the site is impressive, and its setting has stunning views along the coast in both directions.

    It's a popular spot though, so if yuo're visiting in the season it would be best to go eaither early or late. Also, being so exposed, it will be unbearably hot in the summer so, again, it's worth planning when to go.

    Not to be missed if you enjoy exploring ancient ruins. More info and photos on my Kourion page.

    Ancient Kourion: not to be missed.
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    Visit Nea Pafos.........

    by leics Written Jan 1, 2008

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    ....obviously. Because the mosaics there are some of the best in the Eastern Med, and really rather special.

    The archaeological site is right by Pafos harbour, and is open every day. It's huge, and only partially excavated; there are villas (with the mosaics), an amphitheatre and the agora (marketplace) to see, and a small part of the city walls, but much more lies hidden.

    Nea Pafos was the capital of Cyprus from 4th century BC to 3rd century AD, coming under Roman control in 58BC. The city was a wealthy place and the excavated villas reflect this; they are both huge and elaborate.

    Not to be missed.

    Just one of the mosaics....... Another one........ And another........... And another......... Villa ruins......
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    The Paphos Mosaics

    by gigina Written Dec 8, 2007

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    These mosaics were discovered accidentally by a ploughing farmer in 1962. Subsequent excavations revealed an extensive complex of Roman buildings fitted with exquisite floors mosaics, showing episodes from ancient mythology and considered among the best in the eastern Mediterranean.

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    Kato Pafos

    by gigina Written Nov 25, 2007

    The main resort strip in Kato Pafos consists of opticians, estate agents, ice-cream parlours, fast-food franchises, restaurants, nightclubs, clothes shops souvenirs kiosks, banks and travel agents, the characterless p[attern repeating itself every couple of 100 metres along Leoforos Posidhonos, the shoreline boulevard.

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    Mosiacs in the House of Dionyssos

    by M.E.R.V Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    Between the harbour and the light house lies the House of Dionyssos, a roman villa from the 3rd century, which was only discovered in 1962. From the walls hardly anything is left because the area was destroyed due to a strong earthquake in the years 332 and 342. The mosaic floors that were found, which are said to be the most beautiful of the Mediterranean, are still in excellent condition and show a exquisite taste of the owner of the house. Not far from here the huge House of Theseus can be found which excavations are still going on. This house was the residence of the roman governor during the Roman Empire rule on Cyprus.

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  • Mosaics at Paphos

    by nettyfitz Written May 14, 2006

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    The World Heritage Site at Paphos is so large it is difficult to see it all in one visit. The old walls are there and they have excavated some houses from the period 2nd - 6th cent. AD. There are some wonderfully preserved mosaic floors, a theatre and so much of interest.

    World Heritage Site Paphos Information board Mosaic at Paphos Another view of excavation The marble skirting board is still there!

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    mosaics

    by Dick33 Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    The mosaics at Pafos are fantastic I din't expect so many and for them to be in such good condition, we spent most of an afternoon here.
    It was also really cheap to get in I can't remember how much exactly but I think it was about a pound.

    one of the outdoor mosaics

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    PAPHOS MOSAICS.

    by cazz38 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    This is well worth a visit,these stunning mosaics were found in five large 3rd century villas.The house of Dionysos was the first to be excavated,after a passing shepard turned up some fragments of mosaics.You can see the Mosaics from a raised platform.

    Paphos Mosaics.
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    mosaics

    by Bevphelan Written Mar 15, 2005

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    The Mosaics are well woth a visit although I am glad we were not walking around in july or august as they are fairly spread out and would have burnt. So if you go make sure you take something to cover up with whilst walking from one mosaic to another. I wouldnt take small children as after the first couple they would get bored.

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    The house of Dionysos

    by sandysmith Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    Visit the house of Dionysos and House of Thesus in Paphos to see the famous mosaics, depicting scenes from Greek mythology, considered to be the finest in the world. They have such vivid colours still, despite their age.

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    The Mosaics of Paphos

    by Tourtech Written Jun 18, 2004

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    Arcaeological buffs and casual tourists should enjoy this stuff.

    The checkered history of Cyprus includes conquering by many different rulers over the three thousand years of civilization. The extensive copper deposits, dry and warm seasons and the strategic location in the middle of the Med has made this an archaeological hot spot.

    One of the better preserved relics is the mosaics of Paphos. These date from 2000 years ago when the Romans ruled this island. Paphos was well off financially for the Romans, though prone to earthquakes which destroyed the mostly stone buildings from time to time.

    The mosaics down at the world heritage site are a great representation of the Roman ability and level of sophistication. They only began unearthing them in 1962, so besides a few dents from the war in 1974, they are in prisitne condition.

    I highly reccomend that if you are interested in archaeology or Roman era rule, this is a place worth visiting. It is still in it's infancy of discovery and no doubt more will be unearthed over the next 100 years. And by far, these are the best mosaics from the roman era I have seen anywhere.

    If you are christian, bear in mind that this is the first roman ruled country that was converted. St. Paul walked accross these floors as he preached to the Roman rulers, after they publicly flogged him and he turned the other cheek.

    Lastly, it costs 1.50 per person to enter. The cheapest entry fee for paid archaeology we have come accross.

    One of  bath Circle mosaics.  over 12 meters wide
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    House of Dionysos

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 28, 2004

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    The mosaics at the House of Dionysos were refound by a farmer ploughing his field. Excavations commences in 1962

    They are said to be the best preserved mosaics in the eastern Mediterranean, they date back to the 2nd & 3rd Centurys.

    You walk around the mosaics on raised platforms, so you are looking down on them.

    Mosaics at House of Dionysos
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