Aphrodite’s Birthplace and Temple

posted Nov 24, 2010, 8:51 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 14, 2010, 10:19 PM by Darren Cannell ]
Yesterday we went to Aphrodite’s birthplace or rock and it was just down from our entrance into this development that we are staying at.  It is said that if you swim around the rock, your lover will love you forever.  It was quite rugged and pretty but the most interesting thing about the beach is that it has millions of flat round stones.  I have never seen a beach like this, it was so cool, so we skipped rocks into the sea and we stacked rocks to see who could build the highest rock skyscraper and we sat around, it was most pleasant and relaxing and pretty.
We next ventured up into the hills about a 10 minute drive from our place to Aphrodite’s Temple which is an Unesco World Heritage Site.  The pagans worshipped Aphrodite for thousands of years and up on top of this hill are tons (literally) of broken temple walls and columns strewn all over the hill and this was all a temple devoted to Aphrodite the Goddess of Love.  There was some sort of bathing ritual for the pagans because there were many clay and rock bathtubs unearthed from the ruins and huge urns for water.  All of these beauties can be seen in the museum and you can actually touch them and they are over 3500 years old.  Antiquates to the Cypriots are no big deal apparently.  We shut the place down and were escorted off property by a really pleasant man that answered all of the questions that we had about the prickly pear plant at the exit, which we had not seen before.  He explained how to peel it and eat it without getting hurt.