Temple of Aphrodite

Kouklia, Cyprus

The Temple of Aphrodite was officially established by its cult with the construction of a hilltop temple on the important pilgrimage site of Palea Paphos. Although, it is said that the temple was erected in 1500-1300 BC, the idols and coins related to Aphrodite found here date back to 3800 BC. It stood on a knoll about 2 kilometres inland overlooking the sea. Soon, the town of Palea Paphos started forming around the temple.

The sanctuary of Aphrodite was first excavated by the Cyprus Exploration Fund in 1887. It was again explored by the British Kouklia Expedition in 1950-55 and has been dug up by a Swiss-German expedition since 1996. The Temple of Aphrodite is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paphos.

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F612, Kouklia, Cyprus
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Founded: 1500 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Cyprus

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Fabien Cavasino (4 months ago)
There are not lots of things to see there but it's famous and it's an interesting stop for touristic tour
Vince Midmore (5 months ago)
When in Cyprus, it's amazing how many archaeological sites you just 'trip over'. Kouklia is a lovely traditional village as well.
Francis Muncaster (6 months ago)
Unable to visit properly as appeared to be locked up. A very serene place situated on top of a hill with good views.
Julius Washington (6 months ago)
It would have been a more pleasant experience if the structures outside were properly marked and labeled. If there's no information labeling the locations, it only looks like a bunch of rocks and rubble.
Piotr Czekalski (14 months ago)
Not so well maintained and rather poor storytelling. In general it requires a lot of investment to make it attractive place, unless you're deep in archeology.
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