The whole town of Paphos is of outstanding universal value and it is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world heritage. In this small harbour town that was the capital of Cyprus during Hellinistic and Roman times, you will come across glorious history, dating back thousands of years, at every step.
Many of the archaeological remains are of great antiquity, as Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. The Temple of Aphrodite represents one of the earliest settlements, while the mosaics of Nea Paphos are extremely rare and rank among the best examples in the world. The architectural remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and rock-hewn peristyle tombs are of outstanding historical value as they are one of the keys of the understanding of ancient architecture. Petra tou Romiou, or Aphrodite’s Rock, is a rock that marks the site of Aphrodite’s birthplace, which was a place of pilgrimage for the entire Hellenic world. The Tombs of the Kings, in Kato Paphos, is a monumental structure carved out of solid rock with some tombs decorated with Doric pillars. Spread over a vast area, these impressive underground tombs date back to the 4th century BC. The Paphos castle was originally a Byzantine fort that was built to protect the harbour, that was rebuilt by the Lusignans in the 13th century, dismantled by the Venetians in 1570 and then rebuilt by the Ottomans after they captured the island in the 16th century.
These are just some of the incredible sights of this small town. Visiting Paphos you will be mesmerised by it’s cultural and historic heritage. When you go to see the Tombs of Kings, the Paphos Mosaics or the incredible Sanctuary of Aphrodite, you will truly feel like as if you stepped back in time.