Pathos in Cyprus

I went to Paphos recently, the third visit since 2011.

Here are some pictures of the sea front there

 

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Some background from Wikipedia

 

New Paphos[edit]

Mosaic from the House of Dionysos, god of wine, 3rd c. AD

Nea Paphos was founded on the sea near a good natural harbour. It lay about 60 stadia or 12 km northwest of the old city.It, too, had a founding myth: it was said to have been founded by Agapenor, chief of the Arcadians at the siege of Troy, ]who, after the capture of that town, was driven by the storm that separated the Greek fleet, onto the coast of Cyprus. (Pausanias viii. 5. § 2.) An Agapenor was mentioned as king of the Paphians in a Greek distich preserved in the Analecta;[20]and Herodotus (vii. 90) alludes to an Arcadian “colony” in Cyprus.

In reality it was probably founded by Nicocles, the last king of Palaepaphos, based on an inscription recording his founding of the temple of Artemis Agrotera at Nea Paphos. The inhabitants of Marion were probably also transferred to this new city after its destruction in 312 BC by Ptolemy.[21] A hoard of unused silver coins (in the Cyprus museum) found under the Hellenistic House and dating to the end of the 4th c. BC are the earliest find at the site and indicate its founding date.

Palaepaphos always retained the pre-eminence in worship of Aphrodite, and Strabo tells that the road leading to it from Nea Paphos was annually crowded with male and female votaries resorting to the ancient shrine, and coming not only from the latter place itself, but also from the other towns of Cyprus. When Seneca says (N. Q. vi. 26, Epistle 91) that Paphos was nearly destroyed by an earthquake, it is difficult to say to which of the towns he refers. Dio Cassius (liv. 23) relates that it was restored by Augustus, and called “Augusta” in his honour; but though this name has been preserved in inscriptions, it never supplanted the ancient one in popular use.

St Paul’s Pillar in Paphos

According to the biblical Acts of the Apostles, after landing at Salamis and proclaiming the Word of God in the synagogues,[22] the prophets and teachers, Barnabas and Saul of Tarsus, traveled along the entire southern coast of the island of Cyprus until they reached Paphos.[23] There, Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul, was converted after Saul rebuked the Sorcerer Elymas.[24] In Paphos, Acts first identifies Saul as Paul.[25]

Tacitus (Hist. ii. 2, 3) records a visit of the youthful Titus to Paphos before he acceded to the empire, who inquired with much curiosity into its history and antiquities. (Cf. Suetonius Titus c. 5.) Under this name the historian doubtless included the ancient as well as the more modern city: and among other traits of the worship of the temple he records, with something like surprise, that the only image of the goddess was a pyramidal stone.

Archaeology[edit]

Paphos Archaeological Park covers most of the important ancient Greek and Roman City and is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding ancient remains.

The most significant remains so far discovered are four large and elaborate Roman villas: the House of Dionysos, the House of Orpheus, the House of Aion and the House of Theseus, all with superb preserved mosaic floors. In addition, excavations have uncovered an Agora, Asklepion, the Basilica of Panagia Limeniotissa, an Odeon, a Theatre and a necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings.

Near the seafront in Pathos is a new large shopping centre. Well worth as visit  as it has a lot of restaurants and places like McDonald’s etc   on the top floor.

 

Please click on a thumbnail if you wish to see the pictures larger, and use the arrows to see all the pictures larger, thank you

 

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You can get some splendid sunshine and sunsets even in March. Unfortunately these pictures all feature clouds, and the clouds prevented me seeing the sun sinking down below he horizon, but all the same they are very pretty scenes. Well at least I think so!

 

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We have visited the Archaeological Park there before, so walked around the outside of the park.   You will also see pictures of the fort and lighthouse there. You will also see pictures of what we believe is a Skylark, that was perched on a fence and also by the cliff edge.  Cats are not a nuisance there, well they weren’t when we were there this time. This is a solitary cat we encountered.

 

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We stayed in the Old Town, and enjoyed ourselves. The shops are in need of a refit and there are empty shops as well.  Overall though the town is interesting. As you will notice I was interested in the wall paintings which were done for last year’s City of Culture event, and for me enhanced the shopping experience.

 

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Above are mostly of the Tomb of Kings Archaeological Park which is a just as short distance away from the main town.

Information from Wikipedia

The Tombs of the Kings (GreekΤάφοι των Βασιλέων [ˈtafi ton vasiˈleon]TurkishKral Mezarları) is a large necropolislying about two kilometres north of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The underground tombs, many of which date back to the 4th century BC, are carved out of solid rock, and are thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the third century AD (the name comes from the magnificence of the tombs; no kings were in fact buried here). Some of the tombs feature Doric columns and frescoedwalls. Archaeological excavations are still being carried out at the site. The tombs are cut into the native rock, and at times imitated the houses of the living.

Although the tombs have been known and casually explored for centuries, they were first subjected to systematic excavation in the later 1970s and the 1980s under the direction of Dr Sophocles Hadjisavvas, former Director of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus.

Dr Hadjisavvas is preparating the finds for publication with assistance from the Australian archaeological mission to Paphos.

Part of the importance of the tombs lies in the Paphian habit of including Rhodian amphorae among the offerings in a burial. Through the manufacturing stamps placed on the handles of these amphorae, it is possible to give them a date and, through them, the other material from the same burial.

Thus, it is hoped to develop a more secure chronology for archaeological material in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.

Finally a ship ran aground on the treacherous rocks in 2011 and has been left there to rust..  Here are some pictures of ship taken on a very long  telephoto lens. Please click on the thumbnail to see a full size picture

 

Finally I  spotted these wall paintings on another walk around the Old Town

 

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I hope this post has brought you some information on Cyprus as a winter centre for holidays, and also in the season, but very much hotter than this pas month gone by.

There are many good music stations in the area

FM Frequencies MHz Website Native Name Transcription On air since Description
90.8 [43] Sunshine FM 2014 Music, News, Talk and Entertainment in English
92.4, 105.6, 87.9 [44] Ράδιο Πύργος Radio Pyrgos 2010 Traditional – Greek folk music; located from Paphos
95.2, 91.4 [45] Radio Cosmos 1994 Diverse, associated with local newspaper Adesmevtos
96.1 Ράδιο Λυσός Radio Lysos 2011 Low-power news and music station; located from Lysos
98.5, 106.7 [46] Rock FM Paphos 2002 Playing today’s best mix in Pop and Rock plus an entertaining program in English.
100.3 [47] Русское Радио Russian Radio 1995 24hr Russian Music (ex. Gialousa 71 & Epilogi)
104.3 Point Cyprus 2001 Greek music; located from Paphos

 

The pictures here are copyright KK and the Wireless Waffle site

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