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“I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam.” ~Homer

This area is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cyprus, located west of St. Nicholas of the Cats on the other side of the bay area and southeast of Paphos. Midway Limassol and Paphos, the site can be seen from miles away when you are still driving on the motorway.

 

The Myth:

Cyprus is often called the island of Aphrodite, goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. In ancient times, Cyprus was known as the birthplace of Aphrodite and the center of her worship. According to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves at the “Petra tou Romiou”. The Greek name “Petra tou Romiou” meaning the Rock of the Greek, is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas. According to legend, the hero kept the marauding Saracen Arabs at bay with his amazing strength. It is said that with one hand he grabbed hold of the Kyreneia mountain range forming the “Pentadaktylos”, the Five Finger mountain, while with the other hand he grabbed a huge rock and tossed it into the sea at the Saracens, who were trying to land. A large, imposing rock accompanied by several smaller rocks, emerge from the sea in that area.

Pentadaktylos
the Pentadaktylos mountain range

The Greek word(aphros) means “foam”, therefore legend associates the name “Aphrodite” with her birth from the sea-foam. Hesiod’s describes Aphrodite being born out of the sea foam when Uranus was cut by a sickle and fell into the sea, attacked by his son Cronus. He goes on to describe how the water then began bubbling and foaming in the spot where Uranus had plunged into the sea. Suddenly, the most beautiful maiden came up from the foam and appeared on the surface. At first the waves gently carried her toward Cythera but Zephyrus, the western wind, ultimately guided the waves to the shores of Paphos, Cyprus.

Petra tou Romiou
Petra tou Romiou captured by Albena Markova

At this beautiful place you can enjoy the stunning beach, admire some of the most beautiful sunsets, and according to greek mythology if you swim around the rock three times you will even find true love.

 

 

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