Paphos archaeological site

Down at the end of the harbor was the rather large entrance to the Paphos archaeological dig site.  This site has been a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site since 1980.  The area has been inhabited since neolithic times but most of the ruins are from the Roman era circa 2 to 4 AD.  We were able to visit the House of Aion and the House of Theseus.  The House of Dionysos was closed for preservation work.  What we did get to see was spectacular though.  Many of the larger mosaics were protected under small buildings but so many more of the pathways were lined with simple mosaic designs that it was really impressive.  Many of the exposed areas could be physically touched.  These houses were huge – even by today’s standards – both having upwards of forty separate rooms.  There were round rooms, pillars, even what looked like plumbing.  Sydney was REALLY digging it all and seemed fascinated by all of the ‘old stuff’.  There is more to see – like an ancient amphitheater and the “Tombs of the Kings” so we’re definitely going to make another trip down here tomorrow to see the rest of it.  Lots of pix below.

The entrance to the site...
Sydney reading up on the different areas...
Stairs up to the visitor's center
Lighthouse of Paphos
Sydney touching the mosaics...
Walking on ahead - she was almost sprinting between the sites...
Looking at the mosaics in the House of Aion
Moasics...
The tiles are tiny - they're some are small enough to fit four on a nickel...
Sydney the statue...
Column cornice...
More mosaics from the House of Aion
Wide shot of just a small part of the site...
Looked like it could be channels for water...
This hallway is about 100m long - all of it tiled with mosaics
Mosaic from the House of Theseus
The girl posing on the 2000 year old stairs...
Lion from the House of Theseus
More from the House of Theseus
Pillars in the distance...
Pillar close up...
Ruins...
Anita in an atrium...
We were pretty close to the coast line...
Maybe a kitchen?
Sydney reading up again...
Storms approaching...
See - she ran from spot to spot!
Info on the House of Dionysus which was closed...

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