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Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region

These magnificent painted churches are situated in the Pitsilia, Solea and Marathasa area of the Troodos region in central Cyprus. The churches are a UNESCO world Heritage Site since 1985 and include ten Byzantine churches and monasteries richly decorated with Byzantine murals that are said to have been built between the 11th and 16th century. The region has one of the largest groups of churches of the former Byzantine Empire.All ten churches are well conserved and provide an outstanding example of Byzantine and post-Byzantine paintings. These churches are still used as places of worship by the locals who take great pride in preserving the authenticity of these structures. Set in the rural surroundings of the Troodos area, these churches are visited by thousands of tourists and local every year.


Paphos - the Birthplace of Aphrodite

Paphos - the Birthplace of Aphrodite

Paphos is a Mediterranean coastal town on the southwest corner of Cyprus. Palaepaphos or old Paphos which is now the area of Kouklia has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. This area was the centre of the cult of Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and old Paphos was the most important place of worship for the goddess in the ancient world. Archeologically there are findings of this cult as far back in time as 700BC and in 391AD when the Romans inhabited the island.