Sightseeing in Paphos

Today, May 14th, we went to Paphos for the first time. The first thing we did in Paphos was visit its archaeological Park, which contains the major part of an important ancient Greek and Roman city. Here, we were able to see the ancient remains of a Roman villa and amphitheater. After this, we stopped by Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock). While visiting the rock, we were taught the legends of eternal youth and beauty associated with it, and we even climbed to the top of it. Next, we toured the Tomb of the Kings. This is where many Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to third century A.D. were buried.

After going to these historical sites, we went to the Paphos Harbor for lunch. Here, we went to the Pelican Tavern, and they had a real pelican going around the restaurant! During our lunch break, some of us also walked around the boardwalk there, and I ended up getting some amazing pistachio gelato. After lunch, we ventured to see the Paphos Mosaics. These mosaics are in the old residence of a very wealthy wine merchant from ancient times. These mosaics depicted Roman and Greek mythological scenes. One particular mosaic is known to be one of the oldest mosaics found ever. After seeing these structures, we went to check-in at the hotel we stayed at for our overnight trip to Paphos, and we went to the beach for the remainder of the day.

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