PAPHOS - CYPRUS
PAPHOS MEDIEVAL FORT
Originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour, it was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 and rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.The area in front of the castle is used for summer cultural events.
The mosaic floors are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mostly depict scenes from Greek mythology.
A reconstruction of the original 2nd Century Roman Theatre, which was destroyed by an earthquake. It is used in the summer for plays and concerts and holds more than 1000 spectators.
TOMBS OF THE KINGS
The Tombs of the Kings were built between the 3rd Century B.C. and the 3rd Century A.D. They are carved out of solid rock with some being decorated with Doric Pillars. High officials and rich citizens of the Ptolemaic administration rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its name.
APHRODITE'S BIRTH PLACE
According to legend, Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou, “The Rock of the Greek”, is associated with the legendary frontier-guard of Byzantine times, Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with amazing strength. It is said that he heaved this large rock into the sea destroying the enemy’s ship.
SAINT (AYIOS) NEOFYTOS MONASTERY
Founded at the end of the 12th century by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neofytos. The "Englestra", an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to the 15h century. The monastery church contains some of the most beautiful icons of the Post-Byzantine period of the 16th century and there is also a very interesting ecclesiastical museum within its grounds.
The Akamas Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty - deep gorges, a wild landscape, wide sandy bays. It is also an area of great bio diversity and ecological significance: An unspoiled wild place. Home to 530 plant species of which 126 are endemic to Cyprus. The variety of landscape and vegetation and the relatively unspoiled state of the countryside and villages make it a real delight for the walker and naturalist. Fascinating Lara Bay is the home of two turtle-species: the green turtle and the hawks-bill turtle.
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