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The House of Dionysos in Paphos

The House of Dionysos in Paphos

Forever changed by the influences and interferences between the Greek and Turkish cultures, Cyprus is a culturally diverse environment and Paphos, one of the greatest cities in the country, is a must-see for every traveler who happens by the island-country.

As a seaside destination, but also as an archeological site, Paphos has lots of fascinating tourist hot spots to show. One of the most interesting and unique experiences is the House of Dionysos, famous for its amazing ancient mosaic, which are surprisingly well preserved.

Located near the city’s harbor, the House of Dionysos (or the Villa of Dionysos, as it is sometimes referred to) is one of the most beautiful ancient buildings in the Mediterranean. It was discovered accidentally by a farmer who was plowing his fields.

The mosaic pavements of the villa mainly display famous scenes of Greek mythology, such as Dionysos in a chariot, Dionysos and Ikarios, the couples Thisbe and Pyramus, as well as Apollo and Daphne. There are also hunting scenes and many other diverse mosaics hiding a rich symbolism.

For instance, the peacock. Ever since antiquity all through to the Middle Ages, this royal colorful bird was assimilated with wealth, but also with glory, vision, royalty, even immortality. Those who built this villa, in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, certainly thought of immortality, and in a sense, they attained it.

Other symbols are present, such as the Star of David and the welcome mosaic, depicting the seasons: summer, fall and spring are women, while winter is a man and at the center, there is Mother Earth.

Just in the neighborhood (actually just across the street), you can also visit the House of Aion, featuring ancient mosaics uncovered in the 1980s.

For accessibility, you can book a Cyprus car rental online in advance for your trip!

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