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Finding Aphrodite

The archaeological site at Kition, Cyprus

FOLLOW in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty and protectress of Cyprus. Wander through layers of history, culture and mythology as you learn all about her birth, mythology, character, the rituals connected with her cult, as well as plants and seashells associated with her.

 

AMATHOUS APHRODITE CULTURAL ROUTE

The ancient city kingdom of Amathous on the Bay of Lemesos (Limassol) was probably founded by Greek Mycenaean settlers in the 12th to the 11th centuries BC and was one of the most important kingdoms where Kyprida Aphrodite was celebrated.

The ruins of the temple of Aphrodite can be seen at the main archaeological site of Amathous. The District Museum of Lemesos complements the visit with in-depth information about the celebrated goddess. The acropolis with the Sanctuary of Aphrodite has no official entrance.

Visitors are asked to use the official entrance to the lower city site and walk up the stairs leading to the top of the acropolis. This visit is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.

KITION APHRODITE CULTURAL ROUTE

Larnaka (Larnaca) and the Agia Napa area offer a combination of visits; the main archaeological site is Kition – Kathari, where visitors can explore the links of the ancient city of Kition with the Goddess Kyprida Aphrodite and the area’s ties to the sea.

PALAEPAFOS APHRODITE CULTURAL ROUTE

Pafos (Paphos), as the area that played a dominant role in the genesis of Kyprida Aphrodite, combines the most interesting visits. These include the main archaeological site of Palaepafos (Kouklia), the Chalcolithic site of Lempa, a number of museums, nature sites and trails. Visits can start from any site.

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