Searching for Beauty (Paphos Old Town)

Part 2


Paphos Old Town, also known as Ktima, is an area of historical interest and beauty. Chosen as the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2017, Paphos has medieval, Ottoman, neoclassical and modern architecture, as well as numerous other sights and attractions. The Municipal Library (1946), The Town Hall and the Municipal Gardens are situated on 28th of October Square pictured below. The architecture is reminiscent of ancient Greece, particularly the columns of the Parthenon in Athens.


The colourful blooms by the doors and the Golden Trumpet trees add freshness to the square. Vibrant bougainvillea also enhances the charm of the old architecture in the area. Below is the Moutallos Mosque, which was originally a church converted into a mosque under Ottoman rule.



Archbishop Makarios Street is the main shopping street with shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. A separate blog on the market and 'The Place' can be read here: https://www.goodnewsincyprus.com/post/paphos-old-town-market-and-the-place



The Turkish baths date from 1592 and were in use right up to the 1950s. The wonderful vista of Paphos can be enjoyed from the viewpoint or over a cup of coffee at Caffè Nero.



The old town is also known for its street art. This flourished in 2017, but some famous paintings have been covered over during renovations of the buildings they once decorated.



Just as seeking out the attractive sites of Paphos old town requires time and effort, this principle applies to searching for the beauty of spiritual truth. Careful reading of the Bible uncovers vital information for our lives on earth and in the future.


The Gospels in particular reveal the life of the Lord and the eternal words He spoke. Today these living words bring healing and salvation to the sincere seeker.


Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.


Matthew 7: 7-8


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Sources:

https://www.cyprusisland.net/attractions/paphos-old-town-ktima

NKJV Bible

Images by author © Olive Wilson