Set in beautiful surroundings, the Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’. It was founded in 1152 by monk Ignatios who found a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary off the shore of Pafos. Legend has it that it was thrown into the sea in Asia Minor during the iconoclastic period and drifted by the waves to Pafos.
The present building dates to 1770. An impressive religious ceremony is held here on 15 August, on the occasion of Mother’s of God Dormition Day. The monastery Icon Depository includes an important collection of icons, religious objects and artifacts. The monastery’s old winery produces some of the best vintage wines on the island.
The museum is suited at the Holy Bishopric of Arsinoe. It houses one of the largest collections of icons dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries, as well as wood carved ecclesiastic items, local and imported silver and metal artifacts, as well as local textiles. Rare books and manuscripts are also on display.Paphos, Cyprus
The northwestern peninsula of Cyprus, known as Akamas, is a wild uninhabited region with spectacular landscapes and beaches, due to be designated a National Park. The area is named after Akamantas, an Athenian warrior and son of Theseus, who arrived here after the Trojan War. It is a unique area of biodiversity, habitats and ecosystems. Almost all the geological formations of Cyprus are met here, from narrow deep valleys, caves and islets to gorges, and there are over 500 different types of plants. The nature trails that cross the peninsula pass through unspoiled areas of extreme physical beauty. The area is ideal for hiking, cycling, diving and swimming in crystal clear waters.Paphos, Cyprus
A combination of two churches, the eastern part of which was built in the 12th century, possibly on the ruins of an Early Christian basilica, as a cruciform church with a dome. An extension to the west was built later in the 13th century with the addition of a new cruciform with a dome. Rate 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th century wall paintings survive in the church.
Founded around 1200 by Cypriot recluse and writer Neofytos. The ‘Enkleistra’, a cave that the hermit carved out of the mountains, is covered with some of the finest examples of Byzantine wall painting that date to the 12th and 15th centuries. The monastery has a noteworthy ecclesiastical museum. The monastery church contains some of the finest Post Byzantine icons dating to the 16th century.
The inclusion of the Kato Pafos archaeological site in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1980 was the starting point for the creation of a General Plan whose aim would be primarily to protect and maintain the archaeological remains, as well as promote to visitors. Kato Pafos archaeological Park includes sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, while most remains date to the Roman period. The marvellous mosaic floors of four Roman villas form the impressive epicentre of the finds. The complex includes other important monuments, such as the Asklepieion, the Odeon, the Agora, the “Saranta Kolones” (Forty Columns) Fortress, the “Limeniotissa” Ruins of early Christian Basilica and the “Tombs of the Kings”.
House of Dionysos, House of Theseus, House of Aeon, House of Orpheus. The mosaic floors of these Houses, date from the 2nd to the 5th century AD. The first house was discovered accidentally by a farmer in 1962. The villas belonged to noblemen and the mosaics are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. The depict scenes from Greek mythology and are considered masterpieces of mosaic art. Some of the mosaics at the House of Dionysos depict the god of wine, while that of Theseus depicts the classical Greek mythology hero brandishing a club against the Minotaur. The mosaics are a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.
2. Pafos Odeon
The Pafos Odeon is a small 2nd century Ad Odeon built entirely of well-hewn limestone blocks. It is now used regularly for musical and theatrical performances. Nearby are the remains of the ancient city walls, the Asklepieion, a building dedicated to Asklepios, god of medicine, and the Roman Agora.
3. Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns) Fortress
This Frankish castle was built by the Lusignans in the early 13th century on the site of a previous Byzantine castle and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1222.
4. “Limeniotissa” Ruins of Early Christian Basilica
The basilica dates to the Early Christian period possibly to the beginning of the 5th century. It originally comprised three aisled divided by two tows of marble columns, a single apse, a narthex and atrium. The floors were paved with brilliantly coloured mosaics in geometric patterns. The basilica was destroyed during the Arab raids of the 7th century and a smaller version rebuilt in the 10th century. It was finally destroyed by an earthquake in 1159.
5. “Tombs of the Kings”
The “Tombs of the Kings” are one of the major archaeological attractions of Pafos. These monumental underground tombs carved out of solid rock date back to the 3rd century BC and some are decorated with Doric pillars. High ranking officials rather than Kings were buried here, but the magnificence of the tombs gave the locality its grand name.Paphos, Cyprus
The Byzantine Museum of Pafos has an important collection of artifacts from the Byzantine period, including 7th to 18th century icons. In addition to icons, exhibits include wood carvings, ecclesiastical works of metallurgy, sacerdotal vestments and embroideries, manuscripts, old printed books and frescoes. The museum houses one of the oldest icons found in Cyprus, that of Agia Marina, dating to the 7th or 8th century.Paphos, Cyprus
The Pafos District Archaeological Museum houses a collection of finds from the Pafos area dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD. Of special interest are a set of surgical instruments and a rare sculpture of warrior Aphrodite. The museum is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural Route.Paphos, Cyprus
Stavrovouni Monastery is perched on a rocky peak 750m above sea level. Legend had it that it was founded in the 4th century by Saint Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, who left a relic of the Holy Cross at the monastery. The monks have strict rules like those at Mount Athos in Greece. Women may not enter the monastery. An impressive ceremony and festival is held here on the 14 September, the day of the Raising of the Holy Cross. The monastery of Agia Varvara on the foothills of Stavrovouni is accessible to all visitors. The monks here are known for their iconography skills.Larnaca, Cyprus
Lefkara is a picturesque village known for its lace, the famous “lefkaritika” lace, and for its silverware. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself came here and bought an altar cloth of the traditional lace, which he donated to the cathedral of Milan. The village maintains its traditional architecture with its picturesque stone houses. In the village one can visit the Museum of Traditional Embroidery & Silversmithing, the church of the Holy Cross and the chapel of the Archangel Michael.Larnaca, Cyprus