The most important city in western Cyprus with UNESCO monuments
The most important city in the west of Cyprus, in which many monuments of ancient Greece and other cultures have been preserved. In ancient times, Paphos was the island's capital, and according to mythology, the goddess of love Aphrodite was born nearby. Today, it is a picturesque town on the coast with a small harbor, promenade and a medieval fortress. Thanks to the adjacent international airport, it is a very popular tourist destination during the season. On the coast is a very important archeological site „Nea Paphos“, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The entrance to the port is guarded by an ancient fortress built on an island on the western edge of the port
Chrysopolitissa Archaeological Complex
About 300 m north of the coastal promenade is a small archeological complex. These are excavations of the medieval Ottoman Spa built on the remains of the Roman Forum. The most important monument is the pillar of St. Paul, which is considered a significant Christian relic. According to legend, the apostle Paul, who preached Christian doctrine in Cyprus, was flogged at one of the pillars that used to be here in 45 AD.
Church of St. Kyniaka
On the edge of the archeological complex is the Orthodox Church of St. Kynakia (Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa) built in the 13th century on the site of the ruins of the largest early Christian basilica on the island.
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