A journey through time

Cyprus, a captivating island steeped in history and mythology, it is home to a multitude of UNESCO World Heritage sites that bear witness to its rich cultural heritage. From ancient cities to sacred churches, these sites are not only architectural marvels but also repositories of legends and tales passed down through generations. Discover the Cyprus UNESCO sites and uncover the mythical stories that have shaped this enchanting island.

Venture back in time at Choirokoitia, an extraordinary prehistoric settlement that dates back over 9,000 years. This UNESCO site offers a glimpse into the Neolithic era and the lives of its inhabitants. Explore the meticulously reconstructed dwellings and imagine the daily routines of these early Cyprus inhabitants. Witness ancient rituals and customs unfolding within the archaeological site’s reconstructed area, giving you more insight and providing a fascinating link to Cyprus’ lengthy historical past.

Imagine the might of ancient rulers at the Tombs of the Kings
Imagine the might of ancient rulers at the Tombs of the Kings, © Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism.

Step into the ancient city of Nea Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage that spreads to three different sites as it intertwines myth and history. Explore the vast archaeological park, where remnants of the ancient city await discovery. Visit the House of Dionysus, adorned with intricate mosaics depicting Greek mythology scenes. Uncover the secrets of the archaeological site, and explore the remains of this once-thriving city, including its Roman villas, ancient Odeon, and Tombs of the Kings. As you wander through this ancient landscape, legends and myths come to life. Moving a bit further down the Paphian coast close to Aphrodite’s birthplace, at Kouklia village, you will find the Goddesses’ biggest temple on the island, overlooking the bay.

Wander through Aphrodite's biggest temple, at Kouklia village
Wander through Aphrodite’s biggest temple, at Kouklia village, © Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism.

Nestled amidst the picturesque Troodos Mountains, the Byzantine Painted Churches tell stories of faith, devotion, and artistic brilliance. These UNESCO-listed churches feature breathtaking frescoes, with the oldest dating back to the 11th century. Visit the Panagia Asinou, where vivid frescoes depict biblical scenes and the life of Christ in intricate detail. Each stroke of the brush holds centuries of religious and cultural significance, revealing the artistic prowess of Byzantine artisans.

Marvel at the intricate frescoes of Panagia Asinou
Marvel at the intricate frescoes of Panagia Asinou, © Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism.

Step into the churches of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis and Agios Ioannis Lampadistis, adorned with vibrant frescoes that narrate religious stories. These artworks span over six centuries, from the 11th to the 17th century, with influences from many art schools, including the Italo-Byzantine wave, as legends whisper tales of miracles and divine interventions associated with these sacred places.

Embarking on a journey through Cyprus’ UNESCO sites invites you to immerse yourself in the island’s rich heritage and mythical tales. From ancient ruins to sacred monasteries, each UNESCO site reveals a unique story, enriching the visitor’s experience and leaving an indelible mark on their journey through time.

Compare centuries of artwork at Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis
Compare centuries of artwork at Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis, © Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism.

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