Explore the cultural heritage of Aphrodite, the revered Greek Goddess of Beauty and Love, who served as the guardian of Cyprus. As you traverse through the layers of history, culture, and mythology, you can unearth the archaeological sites dedicated to her ancient cult, inspired by the footsteps of the legendary deity.
The isle of Cyprus is widely known as the 'Island of Aphrodite', as it is the birthplace of the Goddess of Beauty and Love. Homer referred to Aphrodite as 'Kypris' and 'Golden Aphrodite' in the 8th century BC. Countless myths are linked to Aphrodite that may have originated on the island, including stories about Aphrodite and Hephaistos, Aphrodite and Ares, and Aphrodite and Adonis.
You can embark on a mystical journey through the historically precise cultural routes, with a focus on discovering the traces left by Aphrodite all over the island. The enchanted route comprises several sites, such as Palaipafos (Kouklia) in the Pafos (Paphos) region, the ancient city kingdom of Amathus in the Lemesos (Limassol) region, and Kition in the Larnaka (Larnaca) region, each of which is associated with other sites and museums that house artifacts associated with the Goddess. During the journey, you can learn about her birth, character, mythology, and rituals, as well as plants and seashells associated with her cult.
Palaipafos, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the most profound connection to the Goddess, as it played a vital role in the genesis (birth) of Kyprida Aphrodite. It includes the main archaeological site of Palaipafos (Kouklia) and the Chalcolithic site of Lempa, among other exciting sites and museums.
The ancient city kingdom of Amathus, situated on the Bay of Lemesos, was possibly founded by Greek Mycenaean settlers in the 12th to 11th centuries BC and is one of the most critical kingdoms that celebrate Kyprida Aphrodite. The temple of Aphrodite's ruins can be seen at the main archaeological site of Amathus, and the District Museum of Lemesos provides in-depth information about the celebrated Goddess.
Larnaka and the Agia Napa area offer a combination of sites related to Aphrodite, including the main archaeological site of Kition-Kathari in Larnaka. Visitors can explore the ancient city of Kition's links with the Goddess Kyprida Aphrodite and the area's ties to the sea. The journey culminates at the Kyprida Aphrodite Nature Trail at Cape Gkreko in Protaras.
Discover the captivating blend of legend, history, and romance that intertwines so intricately, with each new discovery serving as a beautiful reminder of the island's unique and special bond with Aphrodite.
A brochure for the tour is available free of charge here and at the Cyprus Tourist Office in Frankfurt.