Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church
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  • Gwespyr
    Rhyl, United Kingdom2,000 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    This church is well worth a visit even if you are not religious and that would be because of the history and archaeology of the place. There is an information board outlining the history and phases of construction as well as pointing out where St Paul was, apparently, tied to a pillar and whipped. There are mosaics and lots of pillars of differing stone and the foundations of an earlier even larger church can be seen. In order to try to protect the mosaics and the church environs a raised walkway has been constructed to take visitors from near the entrance to the site to the church door. Unfortunately, when we visited this walkway was blocked off but no reason was posted on the site to give a reason why that had been done. As a result we were unable to enter the church itself. The area is popular with the local cat population by the way and the seem to be semi feral at least. Finally, there is no charge for visiting the site.
    Written December 1, 2022
  • Chris M
    Liverpool, United Kingdom39 contributions
    Unexpected Discovery
    We found this large Byzantine site with mosaics and pillars, together with very old working church by chance when taking a shortcut to the harbour. It was free to enter which was, presumably, why it was open when all the paid attractions were closed because of the coronavirus shutdown. Well worth a visit.
    Written March 17, 2020
  • Michael P
    Bakewell, United Kingdom16 contributions
    An experience not to be missed
    On the edge of the paphos nightlife area is this amazing testimony to the Christian past. The very cradle of the early apostles and the place visited by St Paul What a huge church once graced this space before all the great European Cathedrals had been thought of. Go to a service in the little church if you can A truly memorable experience with a great atmosphere of peace and tranquility Anglican service 8.15 Sunday mornings
    Written November 18, 2021
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Fred G
Milton, Canada589 contributions
Jun 2022
We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited this interesting old site while in the area. It was here in 45AD, that St. Paul was tied to the pillar and lashed 39 times for teaching Christianity. Lots of different pillars, actually, and very beautiful mosaics. There is an old church in the vicinity, which still conducts services. Nice area to visit if in are in the vicinity.
Written July 5, 2022
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Happytrips1
Carlisle, UK128 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church and free to look around. Wear appropriate clothing when entering church. Still used for services that is good to see. Beautiful features and pictures inside. Well worth a visit
Written February 27, 2020
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Irene
Paphos, Cyprus219 contributions
May 2021
I think in the past this place looked different, it's obvious it was recreated - there are at least 4 different types of columns there next to each other, where they should be the same. Otherwise, it's a very beautiful place, with lots of cats, since one of the local cat ladies lives nearby. We like to sit there with our coffee and apple pie takeaways...
Written June 30, 2021
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Larnaca, Cyprus3,074 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
So peaceful and full of history. The walking path is so easy that at the end you reach this old church. You can see there also the St. Paul pillar. To be visited. Interesting place.
Written September 29, 2019
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Laurent J
Protaras, Cyprus894 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
The basilica of Chrysopolitissa was originally built in the 4th century AD. Afterwards it was destroyed by the Arabs when they raided Cyprus. The original building was quite impressive; nowadays only its relics remain. Among them are pieces from the basilica’s floor, consisting of some nicely preserved, impressive, colourful mosaics.

The ruins of the basilica of Chrysopolitissa are found in an archaeological site within the precincts of which are other very interesting sights like St. Paul’s Column and the Church of Agia Kyriaki – the latter is very well preserved and used for services.

The archaeological site is very well organised with raised walkways that afford the visitor a great view of the surrounding relics. Entry to the site is free.

All-in-all, the basilica of Chrysopolitissa is an impressive archaeological site that must not be missed by the Paphos visitor.
Written March 5, 2015
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MShinas
Larnaca, Cyprus43 contributions
May 2012
There is an old church and a bigger new one. it is the old one that is worth looking at, and make sure you visit the catacomb below, entrance is outside the church at the back.
Written May 24, 2012
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EnglandFattyarbuckle
Kimpton, UK255 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Having been a constant visitor to Paphos for over 30 years we have seen this site give up more and more of its secrets. The antiquities are well labelled in Greek and English and make interesting and thought provoking reading. The Church is awe inspiring and in the quiet solemn stillness that seems to come onto and into you as you enter you can makes a donation as this site is completely free, also buy a candle and light it and say a prayer for a sick friend or relative. Very good restaurant opposite which we totally recommend. We will return to both next year, God willing!
Written November 13, 2018
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silvertraveller0
sussex287 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
this is a particularly beautiful and peaceful monastery; after a nightmare drive in the mountains it was a panacea to the soul!
What a lovely place to come for a retreat.
Written January 30, 2012
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markhus
London, UK772 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Bravo to the person who devised the walkways over site . Easy access and free and lots to see also plenty info placards. Mosaic floors still looking beautiful must of been a wonderful church once . The grand pillars amazing with the walkway up high get great views of the site for photographers. Also the active church is lovely too it’s a joint catholic and Anglican but respect rules on entry . Just off the harbour very easy walk
Written March 12, 2019
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David P
Brno, Czech Republic372 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
A 15th century church amongst ruines of its predecessors. Raised walkways enable visitors to see foundations, remnants of walls, pillars and even mosaics safely from above. There is no entrance fee, the site is a kind of park, let's say.
Written February 15, 2019
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