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Paphos Old Town

Paphos Old Town
Paphos or (Pafos), a town famous for its beauty and rich history from ancient times, is one of the towns one can explore and travel through time. The Old town Paphos, also known as Ktima. Within the old town you will find medieval, Ottoman and neoclassical builds demonstrating the island’s rich colonial history.
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Why you should visit it?


This is the historic city center of Paphos and it is among the most charming places to walk around and explore. This Old Town was rehabilitated in 2017 to restore its public places and historical buildings so they have a great look. In 2017, the Old Town received funding to restore its historic buildings and public spaces, meaning it currently looks tip top. Dine outdoors, watch the sunset, and shop at Kennedy Square and Makariou Avenue. The latter’s known for its boutiques and farmer’s market.


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archi/ture


The unique architecture of the Public Library, the Town hall the District Administration of Paphos and the numerous neoclassical buildings

One of the neoclassical buildings of the area designed by the architect Andreas Christodoulides, is the Public Library.


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It was renovated in 2015 after an initiative by the municipality of Paphos with the help of The Cyprus Association of Librarians – Information Scientists (CALIS). Paphos’ Public Library opened its doors to the public in 1946, where it hosted many cultural activities.

Founded by the mayor of time Christodoulos Galatopoulos, who it was named after subsequently. It now holds 26,000 volumes, including historic documents and rare publications.

Working Hours:
Monday-Friday : 7:30-15:00
Saturday & Sunday : Closed


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In the same square you will find the Town Hall, another neoclassical building built within the Municipal Gardens. An architectural reference to ancient Greece with the Parthenon like columns. Another neoclassical historic building found in the old city, is the District Administration of Paphos, which was renovated during the city’s restoration.


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Another 1920s build is the old Post office located next to the District Administration. Finally visit the ‘Palia Ilektriki’ (Old Powerhouse) Cultural Centre which has recently been transformed and hold various events.


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Kennedy Square & Shopping Street


If you walk past the Public Library, you will find Kennedy square. This is the main square of Paphos where at times dance, music events and art exhibitions are hosted. The square was remodeled in 2017 adding a modern touch in the heart of the old town.


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Archbishop Makarios Avenue is the main shopping street of the old city, with buildings dating from the 1920s. For the shopping enthusiasts, a walk down Archbishop Makarios Avenue shopping street will not disappoint. There you will find both high street shops as well as unique boutiques to satisfy all tastes.


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OLD TOWN MARKET


Shops selling leather shoes, jewellery, souvenirs, spectacles and sunglasses and designer labels and the Municipality fruit market. The Old town market is an experience that should not be missed. Built in the 1920s where meat, fish and vegetable traders sold their produce, it has now been transformed.


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Take a stroll through the market to find unique shops selling leather shoes, jewelry, souvenirs, spectacles, sunglasses and designer labels and discover the Cypriot culture in person. Step out to the Municipality Market just next door and find an array of colorful fresh fruit, vegetables and local produce for a true taste of Cyprus.


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‘Hani of Ibrahim’ and Cypriot craftsmen creating local art.


Located next to the town market the ‘Hani of Ibrahim’ entices the visitors to explore the neighbourhood. Abandoned in the early 1960s, the building was recently restored to combine modern architecture and traditional brickwork. Housing travellers and traders in the past, it now hosts unique workshops with distinctive crafts and local products.

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Explore the place to find paintings, silk, porcelain and wood workshops. Choose special jewellery inspired by Italian culture, ancient Greek mythology and the sea or handmade jewellery made from precious metals and stones. Incite your taste buds with exceptional carob syrup, traditional marmalades, honey and Cypriot sweets or for the savoury lovers discover Cypriot deli and cheese. Enjoy delicious deserts at the local bakery or a gourmet meal at the restaurant.

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Religious interest monuments


St. Kendeas church, the Turkish baths & Ayia Sofia mosque.

Religion plays an important part in the Cypriot culture, hence the old city includes many religious monuments including the St Kendeas church, St. Thedoros church, the Ottoman baths and Ayia Sofia mosque. Saint Kendeas church was built in 1923 and opened officially in 1952. The Saint’s name is celebrated on October 6th and many visit the church on the day to worship him. Saint Theodoros church is located near the Byzantine Museum, built in 1896 and renovated in 1917 and 1923.


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Another important religious site is the Ayia Sofia mosque (Cami-i Kebir). The mosque is located in the Ottoman area of the old city, the Moutalos area. It combines medieval and Ottoman architectural elements. It was originally a Christian church dedicated to Saint Sofia and was converted to a mosque during Ottoman rule in 1571. Surrounding the mosque there is a Muslim cemetery. With just a few minutes’ walk you will discover the Ottoman baths, also known as Hamam baths. Located near the Market, the baths were built in 1592 and used until the 1950s, making them an important reference in the old city’s history. They were restored in 2015 by the Municipality and are part of the UNESCO heritage sites.


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Museums


The Paphos District Archaeological Museum houses a collection of finds from the Paphos (Pafos) region dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD.

Working Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08:00 - 16:00
Closed on weekends
Entrance Fee: €2,50

For the museum admirers you can find the Ethnographic Museum near the Municipal Gardens. There you can discover the story of the old town.

Working Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10:00- 17:00
Sunday : 11:00-13:00
Entrance Fee: €3,00

Next to it you will find the Byzantine Museum, with many rare Byzantine art. In addition, the Municipal Art Gallery located in the old city houses a range of contemporary works of art as well as sculptures and mosaics.

Working Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00-15:00
Saturday: 10:00-13:00
Entrance Fee: €4,00 (€3,00 pensioners over 65 years old)



STREET ART

STREET ART


If you take a wander around the streets of old Paphos, you will occasionally stumble upon some random art installations. Most of them are situated in a small area to the west of Kennedy Square. However, there are a few others scattered around, so it pays to explore...


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StreetArt Square is an annual event that takes place in Paphos Old Town. During the festival, street artists from all around the world are gathered in order to create their works on the walls of Paphos. Each year a different part of the town is chosen and parallel events such as concerts, conferences and screenings take place.


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sunset


The most magnificent sunsets over Paphos from the Old Town and Mouttalos Area.

End your stroll around the old town, at the Mouttalos Area and watch as the sun sets over Paphos, taking in the magnificent view.


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cafes, lounge bars & restaurants


Relax at one of the numerous cafes in the old city like the Hamam Café Lounge Bar. Fill your belly with delicious Cypriot food at one of the traditional taverns located within the old town.

Visit the Old Powerhouse at the heart of the old town and enjoy a meal, or visit the ‘Hani of Ibrahim’ for some gourmet meals. As the sun sets and the air mellows have a drink at one of the local bars while taking in the town’s fascinating beauty.


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Where to Stay?


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HOW TO GET THERE?


Visitors can travel to the Old Town with the local bus which is signed to the MARKET or Karavella main bus Station. If you are staying in other cities of the island simply take an intercity bus to the Karavella bus station and explore the old town.

Find the routes HERE
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