Paphos Mosaics

  • Location

    Kato Paphos, Paphos

  • Tickets

    For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
    The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards - €8,50, three (3) day entry cards - €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards - €25,00.

  • Opening Times

    April 16 - September 15, daily: 08:30 - 19:30
    September 16 - April 15, daily: 08:30 - 17:00

    All year round.
    Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday (Greek Orthodox).

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The Paphos Mosaics are renowned as some of the finest in the eastern Mediterranean and are an integral part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, which has held a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980. Their discovery in 1962 was accidental when a farmer plowing his field stumbled upon one of these exceptional mosaics.

Dating back to the 2nd to 5th centuries AD, the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion, and Orpheus were once the residences of Roman noblemen. These houses boast intricate floor mosaics that vividly portray captivating scenes from Greek Mythology.

Within the House of Dionysos, covering an area of 556 square meters, the floor mosaics exhibit a captivating array of mythological, vintage, and hunting scenes. At the entrance, a Hellenistic pebble mosaic depicts the mythical sea monster Scylla.

The House of Theseus takes its name from the oldest mosaic within its walls, which showcases the heroic Ancient Greek figure brandishing a club to confront the Minotaur. Other mosaics in the house portray Poseidon and Amphitrite, as well as Achilles' first bath.

In the House of Orpheus, the floor mosaics feature captivating depictions of Orpheus among various beasts, along with two panels representing Hercules and the Lion of Nemea, and an Amazon with her horse.

The House of Aion hosts the most striking mosaic, comprised of five figural panels portraying scenes such as the birth of Dionysos, Leda and the Swan, the beauty contest between Cassiopeia and the Nereids, Apollon and Marsyas, and the Triumph of Dionysos.

Additionally, the Archaeological Park includes other fascinating sites and monuments dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, such as the Asklepieion, the Odeon, the Agora, the Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns) Castle, and the Limeniotissa ruins of an Early Christian Basilica.

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