Visitors to Pafos are genuinely spoiled for choice: be it our long and fascinating history, or the visual delights which have been unearthed and carefully conserved to allow us to dip into the past and move back in time to discover thousands of years of the region’s history.
Ancient temples, rock-cut tombs and Roman villas with elaborate mosaic floors all reflect the highly sophisticated societies which inhabited Pafos in the past. With a history dating back more than eight thousand years, the town offers a wealth of treasures to the visitor.
From the Stone Age, through Hellenistic and Roman times to the Byzantine era, many of Pafos’ ancient monuments are included in UNESCO’s Global Heritage List
Pafos is one of the most important centres of ancient civilisation in the Mediterranean. The whole town of Pafos, which was the ancient capital of Cyprus, is included in the official UNESCO World Heritage list.
Pafos was the island’s capital for six centuries. Visitors can immerse themselves in archaeology, history and culture and experience one of the oldest civilisations in the world at first hand.
Myths & Legends of Pafos
A picturesque island where past meets present at every turn, with a strong culture and many traditions handed down through the ages.
In ancient times Cyprus was the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Pafos was the principal centre of her worship. Euripides, in his work ‘Bacchae’, calls Cyprus the island of Aphrodite:
…may I reach Cyprus, the Island of Aphrodite, where Erotes, the heart – healers, mingle with the mortals, in Pafos, where the hundred-mouthed ravines of the torrential river bloom.
Land of saints, painted churches, legends and miracle-working icons. Nowhere else can you see every style of Byzantine art in such a small area.
Cyprus was the first country in the world to come under Christian administration when the Apostles Paul and Barnabas visited the island in their mission to spread Christianity. See the stone column in Pafos where legend has it, Paul was flogged in AD 45 before converting the Roman governor. Byzantine art survived and flourished here, as the island escaped the iconoclastic decrees of Byzantium.
Marvel at the vivid wall paintings in the apses of many medieval churches and admire many beautiful religious artifacts.
Pafos is not just a region it represents the glory of Christianity.