Kato Paphos, Paphos

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  • Mosaics at Paphos

    by nettyfitz Written May 14, 2006

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    World Heritage Site Paphos
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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.

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    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.

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    PAPHOS MOSAICS.

    by cazz38 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Paphos Mosaics.

    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.

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    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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    One of  bath Circle mosaics.  over 12 meters wide

    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.

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    House of Dionysos

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Mosaics at House of Dionysos

    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.

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