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“Amazing mosaics”

Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
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Paphos History Day Trip from Limassol
Ranked #1 of 117 things to do in Paphos
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Amazing mosaics”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is a large site with some areas still being excavated / to be excavated. I walked the site with my daughter and two young grandchildren, visiting the House of Theseus and the House of Dionysius. This was as much as the two youngsters could manage so we did not get to the amphitheatre.
However, in just these two areas there was enough to fascinate them and lead onto much discussions about the age of the ruins (Circa 2000 years) and why much was in ruins (earthquakes) and how / why mosaics were made.
The mosaics in the House of Dionysius are simply amazing, so well preserved. The peacock is beautiful and the portrayal of Pyramus and Thisbe and the border of wild animals has to be seen to be believed.
There are brief multi lingual and braille descriptions in Dionysius' House but very little explanation elsewhere; a good map and explanation is needed to get full value. However at 3,40 euros per adult (children go free) it is not expensive and a very worthwhile half day visit.

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing Mosaics and More”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

The main entrance to the site is close to the harbour and bus station, also there is a free car park close by, so unusually there is a major archaeological complex in the heart of a tourist area.
There are four main houses each displaying amazing mosaics, although some mosaics are covered to protect them from the sun. Of the four houses the House of Dionysos is the most popular; it has a roof and elevated walkways enabling all the mosaics in this house to be easily viewed. It is an amazing place.
Also on this vast site are the ruins of an agora, a castle and a basilica. At the far end is a partly restored roman theatre which occasionally hosts concerts in the summer. There are toilet facilities and drinks machines in the middle of the site, but it can very hot and dusty so come prepared.

Visited April 2013
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london
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“Wow ”
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

This was an amazing and unexpected find. Be prepared to walk over this huge site where you are literally walking on priceless mosaics.
The quality was some of the best roman mosaic I have ever seen. Colour detail story telling all there. As well as pre- roman and roman there is a Byzantine town and a crusader castle. Brilliant. Clamber all you like.

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London
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“Go back in time”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Fantastic mosaics on a large site, if you're interested in Roman times then this is for you. take a hat as it's a largely open site. Allow about an hour or so for your visit.

Visited October 2013
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“great mosaics”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

The sheer scale of the place, the vast houses with their mosaics and the wonderful location make this a place worth the visit. No wonder it is a world heritage site.

Visited October 2013
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