Cyprus, Nicosia

Paphos Archaeological Park

Updated: 2 months ago

This incredible open-air museum deserves special attention, the park's monuments of ancient culture and architecture are protected by UNESCO. It is very difficult to find the remains of an ancient city, an amphitheatre, temples and the ruins of the medieval fortress of Saranta Colones in one place.

The main archaeological excavations of the park are located in the ancient city of Neo-Pafos. The oldest structures date back to the 2nd century BC. These are the Temple of Asclepius, the mosaics of the House of Dionysus. The almost completely preserved Odeon is an ancient stage for theatrical performances and competitions in singing and music. Political and philosophical debates took place on the Odeon. By the way, Paphos is the birthplace of Cicero, the founder of oratory. Most likely he spoke on the stone stage of this Odeon.

The House of Dionysus is the mansion of a rich citizen. The columns, decorations, mosaics on the 2000 square metre estate are absolutely breathtaking. You don't see that in a museum. Judging by the dwellings of the wealthy citizens of Neo-Pafos, there was already a sewage system in the 2nd century B.C., and household items looked not just practical, but rather like works of art. The house was destroyed in an earthquake in the 4th century, but even now we can experience the atmosphere of the great ancient culture while walking through the archaeological park.

In Paphos, and perhaps on the whole island, the open-air museum is a must-see. You will be transported from the XXI century to another, ancient space. The ll century B.C. awaits you!

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