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Museums

The many museums of Cyprus correspond to and illustrate the thousands of years of history to which the island has borne witness. They include archaeological and religious sites as well as traditional museum buildings. Among the latter, the most significant is the Cyprus Museum in Lefkosia. It presents the most comprehensive collection of archaeological artifacts under a single roof in the country. The Byzantine Museum, with its vast collection of religious icons, is also located in the capital. The Pafos District Archaeological Museum, Mediaeval Castle, Lemesos and The Pierides Foundation Museum in Larnaka should also be high on visitors’ lists.

 

Ancient Monuments and Sites

1. All archaeological/Historical sites remain closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).

2. During the rest of the Public Holidays the major archaeological/historical sites: Kolossi Castle, Kourion site, Sanctuary of Apollo, Tombs of the Kings, Mosaics in Pafos Hala Sultan Tekke, Choirokoitia and Archaeological site of Amathous remain open from 09:00–17:00 hrs (09:00-19:30 hrs summer).

3. Opening and closing times of Archaeological/Historical sites as well as entrance fees are subject to alterations without notice. During the summer period, the archaeological/historical sites stay open longer.

4. Daily free admittance for Cypriots to all Archaeological/Historical sites.

5. The Department of Antiquities can issue for a specific person special entry cards for a period of one day for C£2,50 and for a period of seven days for C£5,00.

 

Byzantine Monasteries

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s publication “10 000 years of History and Civilisation” refers briefly to various churches and monasteries on the island.

Many of these churches can be reached by public transport. Others, however are accessible only by private car, or private taxi, as they stand away from main roads and inhabited areas.

Because of the eminent importance of the icons and frescoes, most churches and monasteries are kept locked. Therefore, visitors wishing to see any of these churches should first ask at the “coffee shop” of the village for the priest or any other responsible person who will escort them.

Important Notes


- Wearing shorts, backless tops, very short dresses etc., should be avoided.
- The use of flash is prohibited as it may damage the icons and frescoes.
- No accommodation is available in the monasteries.
- Most of the monasteries and convents remain closed on Saturday or Sunday for group visits.
Some of the Monasteries have visiting hours which have to be respected by visitors.

 

Introducing Aphrodite


It was around 1200 BC when Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, emerged from the gentle jade-colored sea foam at Petra tou Romiou, a boulder that juts up from the south coast of Cyprus as majestically today as it did then. The name Aphrodite, in fact, means “foam born.” She was the most ancient goddess in the Olympian pantheon.

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