Cypriot heritage

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In Cyprus, it is the heritage and cultural past of the country that seems most appealing to visitors.

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The archaeological park of Kato Paphos welcomed the most visitors in 2019 while the Tombs of the Kings nearby was the second most popular.

The park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the last forty years and is particularly known for the intricate mosaic floors of five Roman villas  (House of Theseus, House of Alon, House of Orpheus, House of Dionysus and the House of Four Seasons), depicting various scenes from Greek mythology. Whereas the park shows man’s creativity, the tombs represent man’s industriousness.

The Tomb of the Kings are monumental underground tombs carved out of solid rock which date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The name is misleading because kings weren’t buried here, only the their highest ranking servants, courtiers and administrators.  Stretching back nearly 7,500 years, the whole area is near Limassol and within the British overseas territory of Akrotiri and  

There were a total of 1.1 million visits to these sites in 2019, with Kato Paphos archaeological park welcoming 289,948 visitors and Tombs of the Kings 249,733 visits, making Paphos the most popular cultural destination.

It helps, of course, that both sites are in Paphos, one of the most popular destination for Britons in Cyprus. Of the million Britons that travel to Cyprus each year a vast proportion will combine the beaches, social life and heritage sites of the city.

There were 169,934 visits to Curium (which dates back about 7,500 years and is near Limassol) 120,500 to Hala Sultan Tekke at Larnaca Salt Lake and 79,998 to Paphos castle.

Last year the Cypriot government raised over €3.081 m from the operation of museums, monuments and other archaeological sites under the jurisdiction of the Antiquities Department.

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