Located in the village of Kouklia, Palepaphos is an archaeologist’s dream. Read our article and learn more about this outstanding ancient town.
Paphos is a wonderful location for a holiday. You’ll find plenty to see and do, and of course you’ll want to spend lots of time on those stunning blue flag beaches with the golden sand and crystal-clear waters, but do remember to take time out to explore further afield. Cyprus has so much to offer, and one amazing, awe-inspiring destination to head for, is Palepaphos, a breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the village of Kouklia, just 16km from Paphos, this ancient town is an archaeologist’s dream. If you have an interest in history, you’ll find this vast site incredibly intriguing. The site has links to the Great Goddess cult, an ancient and mysterious cult worshiping the goddess of fertility, dating back to the Neolithic Period.
There is so much to see and explore at Palepaphos, some of the highlights include…
– The Sanctuary of Aphrodite
One of the most important sites linked to the goddess Aphrodite, this sanctuary has been referenced throughout ancient literature. The site consists of two sanctuaries, one dating back to the Bronze Age, the other to around the 1st or 2nd century A.D.
– The Northeast Gate
An imposing structure in the main city wall, the gate dates to the 8th century B.C. and played a part in the Persian siege of the city in 498 B.C.
– The city wall and the Palace of Hadji Abdulla
Take a ten-minute stroll from the Northeast Gate and you will discover the remains of the city wall, and a palace from the 6th century B.C., thought to be the home of Palepaphos, the governor of Persia.
– The House of Leda
A visit to the site of the House of Leda is a must, the central dining room has a well-preserved 2nd century A.D. mosaic floor depicting some stunning scenes from mythology of Leda and the Swan.
– The Church of Panagia Katholiki
This well-preserved church is certainly worth taking a closer look at, as inside, the walls are decorated with traditional 15th century artwork.
– The sugar-cane refinery
Processing sugar cane was an important industry in Palepaphos. The sugar mill and refineries in the coastal plain of Kouklia are well preserved and certainly worth seeing.
– The Lusignian Manor House
Built in the 13th century, then added to over the centuries, this administrative centre includes a Gothic Hall that many say is one of the most impressive examples of Frankish profane architecture on the island. This building also houses an interesting museum of archaeology.
There are several cemeteries within the area, which have yielded many finds of great archaeological interest. Visit the museum in the Lusignian Manor House to view these treasures from the tombs.
Will you add Palepaphos to your ‘to do’ list?
The more time you spend in Cyprus, the more you find! There really is a wealth of amazing places to visits, sights to see and activities to take part in. It’s hard to select quite what you’re going to do on your holiday when there’s just so much choice! But imagine how much you could explore, and how many hidden gems you could discover if you owned a property here? From luxury apartments to spacious contemporary villas, we have the perfect home for everyone. Visit our website to find out more.