Cyprus Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Sanctuary of Aphrodite (Palea Paphos)
Paphos, Cyprus

In the ancient Greek world, Palea Paphos was an important pilgrimage center due to its Sanctuary of Aphrodite. Today, unfortunately, virtually all that remains is the holy ground itself.

Tombs of the Kings
Paphos, Cyprus

The Tombs of the Kings are an early necropolis in Paphos dating from 300 BC. The burial niches were looted of artifacts long ago, but a powerful sense of stillness and mystery remains.


The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Salamis constitute one of the most impressive archaeological sites on Cyprus. St. Paul and St. Barnabas established a church nearby.

Aphrodite's RockAphrodite's Rock

Petra tou Romiou, a rock off the shore along the main road from Paphos to Limassol, has been regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and fertility.

Bellapais Abbey

This attractive ruined monastery in Northern Cyprus dates from the early 13th century. It is the main attraction of the picturesque village of Bellapais, also known for being the home of author Lawren

Ayios Lazaros
Larnaca, Cyprus

The Church of Ayios Lazaros was built in the 9th century to house the reputed tomb of Lazarus, the man raised from the dead by Jesus. Reconstructed in the 17th century, it is the most impressive sight

Church of Archangel Michael
Lefkara, Cyprus

This single-aisled domed church in Kato Lefkara has wall paintings dating from the late 12th century.