18 Facts About Paphos


In 1980, Paphos was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its ancient architecture, mosaics, and ancient religious importance.

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The founding myth is interwoven with the goddess such that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world.

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Old Paphos was the centre of worshipping Aphrodite for the whole Aegean world.

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Paphos Archaeological Park covers most of the ancient Greek and Roman City and is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its ancient ruins.

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Paphos gradually lost much of its attraction as an administrative centre, particularly after the founding of Nicosia.

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The city and district of Paphos remained the most underdeveloped part of the island until 1974.

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Economy of Paphos heavily depends on tourism and there are four resorts in the district: Kato Paphos, Coral Bay, Latchi, and Aphrodite Hills.

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Paphos Castle stands by the harbor, and was originally a Byzantine fort built to protect the harbour.

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Paphos enjoys a subtropical semi-arid climate, with hot, dry summers and pleasant, rainier winters.

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Paphos was once the only traffic-free town in Cyprus; things changed after the urbanization and rise of the population in less than ten years.

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Public transport in Paphos is currently only served by buses under the company OSYPA LTD.

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Paphos municipality has 38 primary state schools, 8 secondary state schools, 4 privately run English schools and one privately run Russian school.

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Town of Paphos has one higher education institute that began accepting students in June 2010.

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Paphos is known for its cultural and historical interests, including the Tomb of the Kings, Mosaics, castle and numerous churches, though it is popular for its festivals and annual events.

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In 2012, Paphos won the title as European Capital of Culture 2017, under the Executive Direction of Ektor Tsatsoulis and the Artistic Director Spyros Pisinos.

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Paphos held the title of the European Capital of Culture for the year 2017 alongside Aarhus, Denmark.

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Paphos has a long history in sports with several football, basketball, volleyball teams.

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Paphos was home to Turkish Cypriot sport team Baf Ulku Yurdu.

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