Places to See in Kato-Paphos

posted Dec 1, 2010, 12:02 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 10:15 PM by Darren Cannell ]
The morning was spent by the pool and then we had a full afternoon of site-seeing today.  There are a bunch that are clustered together in the tourist area and this is the ancient town where all the Roman Villas were.  The House of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus were taken in.
The most glorious house was that of Dionysos.  This was a really grand Roman villa with rooms and rooms surrounding the inner courtyard or pool.  Every room had a mosaic floor so intricate that there are bridges built over the floors to admire the craftsmanship of these 2nd century AD ruins.  There are many other villas to literally wander through and on, it seems a shame to step on these amazing over 2000 year old floors that are so beautiful that it looks like a real intricate rug has been laid down on the floor but it is all done in mosaic. 
The Odeion Agora is a coliseum- like structure made of limestone blocks dating back to the same period as the Roman Villas.  There are still performances held here and it is amazing that time has not really weathered this structure, it was built to last.  The old lighthouse ends up being in most of these pictures.

The Saranta Kolones is an ancient palace that was destroyed by an earthquake and the pillars lay strewn around this ruin site.  The arches survived the ravages of the quake and you can climb on anything you can reach.  Dax ventured down into the dungeons but there were some amazing pictures to be had with the dusk of the setting sun upon us.

We left this site where all of the above can be had for a paltry-priced ticket.  We walked towards the boardwalk area of a lively harbour area to see the Fort of Paphos.  It was originally built by the Byzantines and then the Lusigrians, then the Venetians, then the Ottomans all had their time with it.  It is over 1300 years old and right on the water’s edge and also you can see the Ruins of the Ancient Harbour Fort and Quarry, which was widely used during the Ptolemaic and Roman times.  There are many outdoor  restaurants in this area and we will return for supper some night.