Paphos castle Paphos castle

Cyprus is a melting pot of cultures and the crossroads between the Aegean and the Middle East. Across the island visitors will discover sites of historical and archaeological importance including Byzantine churches, Neolithic dwellings and sleepy villages. 

 

In 1980, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Kouklia and Kato Paphos were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Since this date, a number of other sites across the island have been added to the list. 

 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Cyprus fall into three distinct categories: Paphos, Painted churches in the Troodos Region and Choirokoitia.

Paphos:

Two sites in the Paphos Area have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List:

Kato Paphos including the remains of ancient Neo Paphos (Aphrodite’s Sacred City) and the Kato Paphos necropolis known as Tafoi ton Vasileon (Tomb of the Kings).

Kouklia including the remains of the Temple of Aphrodite (Aphrodite’s Sanctuary) and Palaepaphos (Old Paphos).

Tomb of the Kings, Paphos Tomb of the Kings, Paphos

Painted churches in the Troodos Region:

The region is characterised by one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. 10 monuments here are inscribed on the World Heritage List:

  • Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis (St. Nicholas of the Roof), Kakopetria
  • Ayios Ioannis (St. John) Lambadhistis Monastery, Kalopanayiotis
  • Panayia (The Virgin) Phorviotissa (Asinou), Nikitari
  • Panayia (The Virgin) tou Arakou, Lagoudhera;
  • Panayia (The Virgin), Moutoullas
  • Archangelos Michael (Archangel Michael), Pedhoulas
  • Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), Pelendria
  • Panayia (The Virgin) Podhithou, Galata
  • Stavros (Holy Cross) Ayiasmati, Platanistasa
  • Church of Ayia Sotira (Transfiguration of the Savior), Palaichori.

 

Of the ten churches nine are situated in the District of Nicosia and one, Timios Stavros (Holy Cross), Pelendria is in the District of Limassol.

Church of Archangelos, Troodos Mountains Church of Archangelos, Troodos Mountains

Choirokoitia:

The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia dates from the 7th century BC and is one of the most important pre-historic sites in the eastern Mediterranean. This site was added to the World Heritage List in 1998.

Choirokoitia Choirokoitia

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