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Today’s look at some Paphos attractions will start with a monastery, continue with some ancient columns and end in a fort.

The Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery

This monastery is situated at a height of 610 meters and offers a wonderful panorama of the surrounding flora and fauna. Having been originally founded in the 12th century, the building that we see today actually dates from the 18th century. The place is dedicated to the Virgin Mary or the Cypriot ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’. The interior of the building features many religious icons and treasures which are on display, but there is one statue in particular that attracts the most attentions, namely the statue of the Virgin Mary made of pure silver.

On the 15h of August there’s a special celebration that takes place in honor of the Virgin Mary because it is believed that on this day she slept and did not wake up – she didn’t die, she’s just in a very deep sleep according to the ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’.

Saranta Kolones – Forty Columns

This is the site of the ancient ruins of a castle located north of the Paphos harbor which when translated they literally mean Forty Columns. The name stems from the fact that initially the castle was built on a base made up of forty granite columns which is said to have been built by the Lusignans in the 13th century on what used to be an older Byzantine castle. This initial castle is thought to have been built in the 7th century to protect the region from the Arab invaders. The castle itself is in ruins today, however you can explore some of its dungeons and towers.

Paphos Fort

Quite possibly the most well-known of the attractions of Paphos, the Paphos Fort has been around in one form or another from Byzantine times.

Located in the Kato Paphos harbor the initial fortification was actually destroyed back in 1570 by the Venetians, however during the Ottoman rule, the castle was rebuilt, expanded and reinforced. The building is connected to the harbor via an arched bridge.

You can easily visit all of these places with the help of our Paphos airport transfers.