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Archeological sites

Paphos

House of Dionysus

The well known and incomparable floor fragments of the residential palace of the Roman governor are kept in a sort of large loft, the House of Dionysus. The mosaics shed light on various aspects of local daily life and depict the major figures of Greek mythology. The house, situated in the archeological park, is open to visitors Mon – Fri from 7.30am till 5pm and on Sat and Sun from 9am till 5pm.

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tel: (06) 240 217

Villa of Theseus

In this villa, which includes a small local museum (only open on Tuesdays) directly near the House of Dionysus, you will see more mosaic floors. A round mosaic illustrates Theseus’ battle against the Minotaur. The Opening times of the villa follow the ones of Dionysus House.

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Tombs of the Kings

Little more than 2 miles northwards the Old Harbour you will find the Tombs of the Kings (Tafon ton Vasileon). The tombs are impressive enough to be worthy of kings. They are burial caves carved into the bedrock of the hill and decorated with Doric columns and capitals; they date from the 4th century BC. Openig Hours: Mon – Fri from 7.30am till 5pm, Sat and Sun from 9am till 5pm. Entrance fee.You can freely walk about the place once inside, searching through the rooms of the tombs, with parts underground carved into the rock.

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tel: (06) 240 295

St. Paul’s Pillar

Once an imposing Gothic church stood near the basilica, it has been destroyed in the 16th century. Today you can see some rests of it – especially the famous St. Paul’s Pillar. According to the tradition, St. Paul was tied to it and lashed by the roman governor of Paphos.

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