Palaipafos was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the classical Greek world and one of the city-kingdoms of Cyprus in antiquity. Here lie the ruins of the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, dating back to the 12th century BC.
The sanctuary remained a place of worship until the 3rd or 4th century AD. The museum is housed in a nearby Lusignan manor. It houses impressive finds from the region, dating from the Chalcolithic age to the Middle Ages. It portrays how the cult of the goddess of fertility developed into the cult of Aphrodite. Excavations are continuing at the sanctuary, as well as in and around the ruins of the town and the necropolis. The sanctuary is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural route.
The sanctuary is located in Kouklia village, 14km east of Paphos, on the Paphos-Limassol road and the museum is in a Mediaeval Manor close by.
Operating hours: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday: 08:00 – 16:00
Wednesday: 08:00 – 17:00
Telephone: +357 26 432 155
Entrance Fee: €4,50 [the price includes entry to the Local Museum of Palaipafos (Kouklia)]
Courtesy of the CTO