House of Dionysus & Tomb of the Kings
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In Cyprus, we docked in the port city of Limassol where took a bus to the coastal town of Paphos. Along the way our tour guide gave us many history lessons about Cyprus from the ancient Greeks' legends of Aphrodite to the invasion of the Turks and the current division of Cyprus into Greek and Turkish controlled portions. We also passed several bases that are still occupied by British forces. We drove through many citrus orchards and stopped at the coast to see Aphrodite's rock.
In Paphos we visited an old Byzantine church that had many centuries old murals still adorning its walls. We spent most of our time at the House of Dionysus that contains many well preserved ancient mosaics made from small square stones. The images and colors are remarkably still intact and the detail of the artwork is quite impressive. Some of the mosaics are out in the open and others are protected by enclosure structures. We spent a little bit of time in the busy port of Paphos before heading to the Tomb of the Kings. The name is a little misleading because these tombs are thought to be that of commoners. They range from simple holes in the ground to more elaborate underground house structures with multiple rooms meant to resemble the deceased's actual houses. All of the sites were amongst fields of wild flowers and palm trees and always within site of the beautiful coastline.