The Mosaics of Paphos, Paphos - Stein Travel
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The Mosaics of Paphos

The striking mosaic floors in a series of ancient Roman noblemen's villas, dating from the third to fifth century, are a must-see for visitors to Paphos. The site where the villas are still being excavated can be found about 300 metres from the Paphos harbour. The mosaics featuring mythological scenes are visible in the houses of Dionysus, Orpheus and Aion, and the Villa of Theseus. All were made of small cubes of marble and stone, called tesserae, with glass paste added to widen the range of colour. In the House of Dionysus, for example, 5,985 square feet (556 sq metres) of floor space in 14 rooms are covered with the gorgeous mosaics.

Information & Facts

Address

Kyriakou Nikolaou Street

Admission

£2

Language

The majority of Cypriots speak Greek, and a small percentage speaks Turkish. The Greek Cypriot dialect differs from mainland Greece. English, German and French are spoken in tourist areas.

Money

The currency was changed to the Euro (EUR) on 1 January 2008. Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments. Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, open from Monday to Friday. There are ATMs spread throughout the island, operating 24 hours a day.

Opening Times

Daily 8am to 5pm (September to May), 8am to 7:30pm (June to August)

Time

GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

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