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“A Nice Walk About” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church
Pafias Aphroditis, Paphos, Cyprus
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Ranked #7 of 46 attractions in Paphos
Type: Religious Sites
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“A Nice Walk About”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I saw this church from the balcony of my hotel and decided to go for a look about. It is a beautiful church and many ruins. It also has St Paul's Pillar (St. Paul was allegedly tied to this pillar in 45 A.D. and was given 39 lashes for preaching Christianity)
It is easy to find - If you head up towards Bar Street you will see an Italian Restaurant on the right corner (Called Grazie) and a school on the left corner. If you turn left past the school you will see the church.
The church is beautiful inside and i was lucky enough to see a wedding taking place there. There is lots of nice areas to take photos. And when you get to the other end before heading out the gate turn up to the right and there is the ruins of the Frankish Baths for you to see too.

Visited October 2012
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Easy access to ruins, plus a church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This interesting site is just a short walk from the centre of Paphos, along a road leading from the bus station. It's location is not very obvious, being sign-posted as 'St Paul's Pillar' or similar. The site dates originally from AD45, when Saints Paul and Barnabus came to Cyprus. Later, a huge basilica was built, then a 10th century church on the ruins, then subsequent churches, in between earthquakes - it was even a mosque at one point! Lots of history to take in - but the site is easy to view as a raised walkway has been erected around all of it. To enter the present-day multi-faith church, ladies must cover their shoulders and 'acceptable' clothing worn by all. It's fascinating inside though, with informative leaflets - and it's cool and peaceful.

Visited September 2012
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Crete
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“Pretty place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

It's well worth taking a few minutes to visit this pretty area in the centre of Kato Paphos. The smaller, newer church on the site of the old basilica is lovely, so calm and peaceful. A wedding had just taken place when we arrived and I can't think of a more perfect and pretty place for the ceremony. The old basilica mosaics are worth seeing even though they are not as spectacular as the ones in the archeological park. The raised walkways around the site mean that you can get a good view of the antiquities and a better idea of how it might have looked.

Visited September 2012
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Liverpool
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“A church”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Was interesting but once you have seen one church they all start to look the same. Would still recommend it

Visited September 2012
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Workington, United Kingdom
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“AKA St Pauls Pillar site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Large site with free entry, lots of decking to protect the relics. Lots of relics, mostly pillars and mosaics. A recently built church is still used so please respect the congregation at any time. Long sleeves and no knees please ladies. Right behind Debenhams or access available from the Windmill taverna or St Pauls Pillar taverna.

Visited September 2012
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