CYPRUS

The “city” of Palaepaphos developed when the worship of Aphrodite was at its height. The first Monumental Sanctuary dedicated to the Goddess may date from the Bronze Age. A Bath Tub from the site dates between 14th-12th c .BC. The Cult was abandoned in the 4th c. AD

The site of Aphrodite’s Birth from the sea is a few miles along the Acid Coast at Kythera Bay. Here, in the sea, is an enormous rock known as Aphrodite’s Rock. Legend declares that Pygmalion, a King of Paphos, fell in love with a statue of her and the Goddess breathed life into the sculpture. In Ancient times seashells were associated with fertility and some species, cockles, clams, cowries and scallops have been associated with Aphrodite/Venus because of their shape.

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