Friday’s Fun Fact About: Palaepaphos, Aphrodite’s birthplace


Palaepaphos (meaning Old Paphos) is the name given to the area that is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, Beauty & Fertility, which was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world, and once a city-kingdom of Cyprus.  It is thought that the ancient tradition of worshipping Aphrodite was practiced in Cyprus from as early as the Neolithic period – more details on it’s history can be found on the Department of Antiquities Website (click Here).

In September 1980, Palaepafos and Nea Pafos became the first Cypriot sites to be included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Palaepaphos is located within the limits of the modern village of Kouklia (just 10 minutes from Aphrodite Hills Resort), where excavations are still taking place today.  It is home to many archaeological monuments which can be visited today, including the ‘Sanctuary of Aphrodite’ (a temple including two ancient shrines for the Goddess), and the ‘Northeast Gate of the defensive wall’ (remains of the ancient fortification for the old town) and ‘The Church of Panagia Katholiki’ (dating from the 12th or 13th century AD).

Concerts, such as chamber music, are hosted in the Gothic hall even today.

Lusignian Manor House should get a special mention because it is very well preserved and it’s Gothic Hall is considered to be one of the finest surviving monuments of Frankish profane architecture on the island; so much so that the Hall nowadays plays host to concerts – it’s acoustics are wonderful.  The Manor House also hosts the local museum where various finds from Palaepaphos site are on display.

Palaepaphos Site Visiting Hours and rates:                                                                                     Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm daily, with the exception of Wednesdays which are 8am – 5pm. Price: €4.50 (including museum entrance fee)                                                                                Tel: +357 26 432 155

The Museum is found in the eastern wing of the Lusignian Medieval Manor House


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