Paphos Mosaics

Paphos Mosaics

Paphos mosaics are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. They mainly depict mosaics scenes from Greek mythology and are dating from the 2nd to the 5th century AD. It's a "must" visit for every visitor to Paphos.

House of Dionysus
The House of Dionysus is located in the Theater Quarter. The house of Dionysus was a roman private residence dating back to the 2nd century AD. The characteristics of this roman private residence are the mosaic decorations and the mythological compositions mainly depicting scenes from Greek mythology. Its name House of Dionysus is due to the many representations of Dionysus, the god of wine. It was a private residence with over 40 rooms, covered with a splendid mosaic floor. A stone stairway leads to the elegant private rooms of the upper story. Believed to have belonged to a member of the Roman class or a wealthy Paphos citizen.

The House of Theseus
The House of Theseus mosaics can be found close to the House of Dionysus, date back to the 2nd century AD. Theseus was a legendary king of Athens. Interesting geometrical decorations and mythological representations make it a worthy place to visit. The mosaics of the House of Orpheus date back to the 3rd century AD and are located to the west of the House of Theseus. There are three mythological representations worth seeing, the "Hercules and the Lion of Nemea", the "Amazon" and the "Orpheus and his lyre", where the mythical poet is featured playing his lyre surrounded by birds and animals.

The House of Aion
The House of Aion is located opposite the House of Dionysos and Theseus, 4th century A.D. The House of Aion contains mosaics of five scenes such as a depiction of Leda and Zeus in a form of a swan, Dionysos as a baby accompanied by various nymphs, a beauty contest between Cassiopia and the Nereids, of which Aion is the judge and the final scene shows Apollo and Marsyas punishing a foolish man who had challenged the God to a musical duel and lost.

The House of Orpheus
The mosaics of the Orpheus resident belong to the 3rd century A.D, which is located close to the House of Theseus. The house name comes from the mural on the back wall which shows Orpheus among the wild beasts. There are three mythological mosaics worth seeing such as the Orpheus and his Lyre, the Hercules and the Lion of Nemea and the Amazon.

The House of Four Seasons
The House of Four Season is located north of the House of Orpheus, belonging to the first half of the 3rd century A.D. The House of Four Seasons took its name from the mosaic that represents the personification of the four seasons.

Ample  free car parking can be found in the nearby municipal car park.
We would recommend visiting very early or late afternoon in July and August to avoid the hottest part of the day.

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