Paphos City

Paphos Town

Paphos town in Cyprus is strongly connected to Greek mythology and history. Paphos was the capital of Cyprus under the Ptolemy’s, successors of Alexander the Great, when its harbor was a thriving port, and remained Cyprus’s first city for more than seven centuries under Roman rule. It’s said that Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves and crashed on its shores.

Paphos Castle was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect its famous picturesque harbor, in the 13th century it was rebuilt by the Lusignans and then dismantled by the Venetians in 1570, which were unable to defend it against the Ottomans, who then restored and strengthened it after capturing the island. Since 1935 it has been declared an ancient monument and is now considered as one of the hallmarks of the Paphos region. Just in front of the Castle, on the square, many cultural events take place, and during September each year the Paphos Aphrodite Festival takes place, which presents a different opera each year by famous artists who use the building as scenery.

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