The History Of Paphos

Paphos is one of the most beautiful, ancient towns in Cyprus. Once the capital of the island of Cyprus during roman times, today it’s a small harbour slowly becoming an attractive tourist destination. Kato Paphos is a main attraction of the city as all Hotel and Villas are based there right on the seafront. The architecture of Paphos is very rural, but extremely beautiful and the nature has astonishing gorges, long stretched beautiful coastlines and nature trails for outdoor activities.

Under the successors of Alexander the Great – The Ptolemie, Paphos became the capital of Cyprus and in those days it was a thriving port. Paphos was the first city for more than seven centuries, retaining its importance under the Roman rule. Paphos’ whole area abounds in historical and archaeological treasure. Paphos’ shoreline is where the mythological goddess of Aphrodite was born – a legend that spawned a massive wave of cult worship from neighboring countries which lasted several centuries.

The town’s name is linked to the mythological daughter of Venus and Pygmalion. Paphos had an early recognition for Christianity while under the Roman rule 45AD, it was here that Saint Paul converted the first ruler to the faith. Paphos has remarkable mosaics in the House of Dionysos, Theseus and Aion, beautifully preserved after 16 centuries under the soil. There are also Vaults and Caves, The Tombs of the Kings, The Pillar, The Ancient Odeon Theatre and other places to visit including Byzantine Museum and District Archaeological museum.