Sights in Paphos

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Simon Giesecke

In Lower Paphos you will find a couple of sights that led you through the various ages of Cyprus' history: roman buildings, a Byzantine palace, Christian churches, a Frankish bath and Turkish castle architecture. Upper Paphos (Ktima) was once the burial grounds for New Paphos. Three small, but very interesting museums are located there (see museums)

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Archaeological Museum:

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The museum exhibits ancient Neolithic and Bronze Age idols, amphorae from various periods, statues, statuettes and fragments from local digs. The highlights are the statues of Dionysus and Esculapios from the House of Dionysus.

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address:Georgiou Griva Digeni
tel:(06) 240 215

Byzantine Museum

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The museum belongs to the Greek-orthodox Church. Its collection of icons is outstanding and open to the public from 9am - 1pm and from 4pm - 7pm.

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address:Martiou Street 25 (south of city gardens).Tel=(06) 240 215

Tombs of the Kings

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About 2 miles northwards of the Old Harbour you will find the Tombs of the Kings. The tombs are impressive enough to be worthy of kings. They are burial caves carved into the bedrock of the hill and decorated with Doric columns and capitals; they date from the 4th century BC. You can freely walk about the place once inside, searching through the rooms of the tombs, with parts underground carved into the rock. The men who than unrevealed these tombs took their body parts and threw them in a near by river.

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House of Dionysus

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The well known and incomparable floor fragments of the residential palace of the Roman governor are kept in a sort of large loft, the House of Dionysus. The mosaics shed light on various aspects of local daily life and depict the major figures of Greek mythology. The house, situated in the archeological park, is open to visitors Mon - Fri from 7.30am till 5pm and on Sat and Sun from 9am till 5pm.

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Villa of Theseus

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In this villa, which includes a small local museum (only open on Tuesdays) directly near the House of Dionysus, you will see more mosaic floors. A round mosaic illustrates Theseus' battle against the Minotaur. The Opening times of the villa follow the ones of Dionysus House.

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St. Paul's Pillar

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Once an imposing Gothic church stood near the basilica, it has been destroyed in the 16th century. Today you can see some rests of it - especially the famous St. Paul's Pillar. According to the tradition, St. Paul was tied to it and lashed by the roman governor of Paphos.

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Frankish bath

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Only a few fragments remain of the old baths, but their discovery was of considerable archaeological importance. You will find the ruins of the Frankish baths in Agiou Agapitikou Street, some yards away from the St. Pauls Pillar. In the 7th century this palace was build in Byzantine style, nowadays only some ruins are left.

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Lusignan Fort

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This small breakwater fort near the old submerged port of Paphos belongs to the de Lusignans Epoch (13th century). Is has been destroyed by the Venetians, and was rebuilt by the Turks in 1586. It is open to visitors Mon - Fri from 7.30am till 2.30pm, Thursday also in the afternoon from 3pm till 6pm. Sat and Sun 9am till 5pm.

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Christian basilica

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Near Alkimines Street in Lower Paphos you will discover an excellent preserved early Christian basilica. You need a little bit of luck to visit it: it has no regular opening hours.

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