Cyprus, Nicosia

UNESCO Sites in Cyprus

Updated: 2 months ago

Cyprus is an island at the crossroads of many ancient trade and military routes, as well as part of many civilizations that have faded into the past. It is not surprising that the island is home to a huge number of attractions.

But some are particularly distinguished and included in the list of World Heritage Sites by the specialized agency of the UN for education, science, and culture.

World Heritage Sites in Cyprus:

  • Painted Churches in the Troodos Region
  • Neolithic Settlement of Choirokoitia
  • Paphos

Объекты ЮНЕСКО Кипр

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

In the Troodos mountain range, there are a total of 10 sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This includes an 11th-century monastery and nine more churches from the Byzantine period with unique frescoes. More details can be found here.

Neolithic Settlement of Choirokoitia

This settlement, which existed from the 7th to the 4th millennium BC, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. Discoveries made during excavations shed light on the evolution of human society in this region.

Ancient Paphos

Paphos has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and was a cultural center even before Hellenistic times. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou rock) is nearby, and a temple in her honor was built by the Mycenaeans in the 12th century BC. The remains of villas, palaces, theaters, fortresses, and tombs represent exceptional architectural and historical value, and the mosaics of Nea Paphos are among the most beautiful in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions about UNESCO in Cyprus

What else has the UN recognized on the island?

There is also intangible cultural heritage, including:

  • Lefkara Lace
  • Byzantine Chants
  • The Poetic Duels of Cypriot Rhyming Singers

How to get to UNESCO sites in Cyprus?

See the locations of all sites on the maps below, and if you are driving, you can easily navigate to them. If you don't have a car, it's easiest to take tours to these places - they are far apart and not on the fastest roads.

Cyprus is rich in historically significant places, and we recommend not only spending time on its magnificent beaches, relaxing physically, but also enriching yourself culturally. To stay up to date with interesting events and news on the island, subscribe to our Telegram channel!

Монастырь ЮНЕСКО на Кипре (UNESCO Monastery in Cyprus)
Хирокития - Khirokitia
Древний город Пафоса (The ancient city of Paphos)
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