Must See Sights In Paphos
Tombs of Kings
by Ken and Nyetta
Paphos is full of history and with this comes some amazing sites to see and explore. Being the birth place of the Goddess Aphrodite there are some must see sites that are dedicated to Aphrodite including Aphrodite's Rock, the Adonis Baths , Akamas Peninsula and the remains of a temple of worship.
Paphos is also home to some amazing churches and monasteries including the Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery, Panayia Theoskepasti Church, Panayia Chrysopolitissa Church, and the Ayia Solomoni Church.
Paphos is probably most famous for its mosaics and at the House of Dionysus you can see some of these. They include Dionysus offering grapes to King Ikarios, Zeus abducting Ganymede and Orpheus playing his lire. A second place to see mosaics is the House of Aion where mosaics show the birth of Dionysus dating back to the 5th century. The House of Theseus shows us of the wealth of the Romans who occupied Cyprus at the time. Here you will find renderings showing Theseus's fight with the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. All the mosaics that have been found in Paphos are said to be the finest mosaics that have been discovered.
A visit to the Tombs of the Kings is something that should not be missed. These tombs were started in the 3rd century BC and here you can also see the remains of the seven aisled basilica Chrysopolitissa which is said to have been built by St. Paul.
Another excellent place to visit is the Archaeological Park and here you will find wild flowers and plants not to mention Cyprus orchids.
The Byzantine Museum depicts the history from the 12th century right through to the 18th century whilst the Ethnographical Museum outlines the history of the people of Paphos from ancient times right through to present day. The Paphos District Museum offers the most extensive historical exploration of Paphos and its surrounding lands.
These are just some of the amazing sites that can be explored during your visit to Paphos. Some other sites include Paphos Castle, Saranta Kolones, Paphos Odeon, Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery, Ayios Neophytos Monastery and as a special treat for the children why not take a day out at the Paphos Aquarium.