My last few days in Paphos were spent visiting the local museums and the last of the archaeological sites. There are some wonderful things at both of the main sites, Tomb of the Kings and Nea Paphos.
I hadn’t expected such a wealth of ancient history and it was very well interpreted with QR codes to access a detailed guide and audio tour.
I was also very lucky with the weather, it was beautiful both days and there were stunning blue skies. After visiting the Tombs of the Kings I went on a walk along the coast as the sea was so beautifully blue.
The Tombs of the Kings are hugely impressive structures, it is not known if any actual kings were buried here, there may have been an Egyptian Ptolemy, but they were probably built for local dignitaries from the 4th century BC.
The scale of the site is very impressive. There are a range of different types of tombs, all carved down into the limestone.
My favourite one was this with the beautiful columns, the light inside the tomb was fantastic.
The second site, Nea Paphos, is near the harbour and the castle.
It contains remains of Roman villas, and a medieval castle. The site has been used for thousands of years and contains the most beautiful mosaics.
The largest house had mosaic floors in all of the rooms and this was in a covered structure.
Of course I kept seeing quilt inspiration everywhere!
It is very clear to see where the architectural inspiration comes from for modern Paphos, and indeed the world.
These fragments below were part of the collection at the Archaeological Museum in Paphos, which I will write more about in the next post.
The iconic architecture of columns is everywhere and there were some beautiful examples on the official buildings in Paphos.
I had an absolutely amazing time in Cyprus, I feel that I really managed to see a lot of the country in my five weeks,and really enjoyed all of the different walks I did, and the museums that I visited.
I have been back in the UK for a week now, briefly at Ellen’s, and mostly at my sister’s in Worcester. We went to a very good music festival at the weekend. I have also been getting the van MOTed, insured, and sorting out booking campsites for the rest of this trip, and when I return to the UK in the summer.
It has been wonderful to be re-united with Katy, I have bought her some new seat covers which go beautifully with the latest mandala embroidery. When she is all set up again in a couple of weeks I will take some more pictures of her. I also bought a great new sticker for her from the festival.
I am off back up North tomorrow, spending a week catching up with family and friends before setting off on my next set of camping adventures. I’ll be doing some walking, hopefully, and a little bit of visiting canals, following upon some of the things that I learnt in my recent history of canals course.
I will be back soon with the final one of the Paphos posts, until then have fun, take care, stay safe and thanks for visiting.
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Those mosaics look truly fantastic!