The Sanctuary of Aphrodite Paphia, also known as the Sanctuary of Palaepaphos, is an archaeological site located on the southwestern coast of Cyprus. It is dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, who was worshipped as the patron of love, beauty, and fertility.
The sanctuary is believed to have been founded in the 12th century BCE and remained in use until the 4th century CE. It consists of a complex of buildings and structures, including a temple, shrines, altars, and courtyards, as well as a sacred lake and a grove of trees.
The main temple at the sanctuary was built in the 3rd century BCE and was one of the largest and most magnificent religious buildings in the ancient world. It was constructed of local limestone and featured a large courtyard, a porticoed entrance, and a sanctuary chamber where the statue of Aphrodite was housed.
The sanctuary was an important pilgrimage site for worshippers of Aphrodite, who would come from all over the Mediterranean world to offer prayers, sacrifices, and gifts to the goddess. The site was also known for its beauty and was said to have inspired poets and artists throughout the ages.
Today, the Sanctuary of Aphrodite Paphia is a popular tourist attraction and an important archaeological site. Visitors can explore the ruins of the temple and other structures, as well as the surrounding natural beauty of the area. The site has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Paphos Archaeological Park.