House of Dionysos

Paphos, Cyprus

The House of Dionysos is a rich Greco-Roman type building where the rooms were arranged around a central court, which functioned as the core of the house. It seems that the house was built at the end of the 2nd century AD. and was destroyed and abandoned after the earthquakes of the 4th century AD. The House of Dionysus occupies 2000 square metres of which 556 are covered with mosaic floors decorated with mythological, vintage and hunting scenes. The magnificent mosaic decorations and the mythological compositions are the main characteristics of this restored Roman villa and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paphos.

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Founded: c. 190 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Cyprus

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Joao Carlos Vergueiro (5 months ago)
The mosaic pavements of the House of Dionysus, and the surrounding mosaic houses, are among the finest to be found in the Mediterranean and are the top tourist attraction in Paphos. They are part of the larger Paphos Archaeological Site, which spans the western side of the harbor. Discovered accidentally by a farmer ploughing his fields, the mosaic artwork here is excellently preserved, depicting scenes from Greek mythology using vibrant natural limestone colors. One of the most well-known mosaics is found at the back of the house, depicting a Ganymede being taken back to Olympus by an eagle. The most famous mosaic though, is the scene depicting the triumph of Dionysos with the God in a chariot drawn by leopards, while behind him are a gathering of followers engaged in various revelries. In this house, look to the top left for a depiction of Leda and Zeus in the form of a swan. The top right panel shows Dionysos as a baby, accompanied by various nymphs, and the middle panel depicts a beauty contest between sea nymphs of which Aion is the judge. The final picture shows Apollo punishing a foolish man who had challenged the God to a musical duel and lost.
B H (12 months ago)
Great place to visit. Go early and take plenty of water.
Peri Lai (12 months ago)
Breathtaking ancient mosaics
Remote Life (14 months ago)
Very interesting house of Dionysus, something unique.
Tony Jack (2 years ago)
Definitely for the amateur explorer or the curious interested in ancient history. Some of the mosaics on the floors and walls of what were once villas are in good shape with some designs that would go well in any modern villas anywhere. The site is devoid of tall trees and there is hardly anywhere to hide firm the hot sun. Take water with you and there is an entry fee, but at times the kiosk isn't manned. Click like if the comments are useful to you. Enjoy.
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