Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CYPRUS ~ Pafos-Saranta Kolones - UNESCO~

Great archaeological site... Pafos is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Cyprus, known as the "land of love" and the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite....Thanks a lot Iliyana!

With nice stamps:
Stamp Refugee Fund 0,02
Organisms of the Mediterranean marine environment -
Sea Anemone
(Issued 05-06-2013)

Pafos is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus, which has been, during certain times in antiquity, the capital of Cyprus, has a history which goes back literally thousands of years. Pafos is famous for its remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs of exceptional architectural and historic value.

Saranta Kolones is a ruined medieval fortress inside the Pafos Archaeological Park.  It takes its name from the large number of granite columns that were found on the site and probably once formed part of the ancient agora. The Byzantine castle is believed to have been built at the end of the 7th century AD to protect the port and the city of Nea Pafos from Arab raids and later remodeled by the Lusignans.

The town is included in the Unesco WHS list.

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