Paphos and Paphos District Monuments, Places and People

Around the “Archaeological Park”

From the camera lens of Paphos’ great historical photographer, Spyros Kharitou, we have this intriguing photograph, most likely taken sometime between 1935-1940. The excact location seems to be the building now called “Saranta Kolones.” Some comments about the identification of the two gentelmen seen in the photo: The person on the right is undoubtedly, Mr Loizos Philippou, a well-known figure in Paphos society in the 1930s-40s. This same exact photo appears in Philippou’s own book “Paphos,” an early guidebook to western Cyprus first published in 1936. The person on the left, however, is more uncertain. Provisional suggestions are: Mr Rupert Gunnis, author of the book “Historical Cyprus” (Philippou was Gunnis’ local escort during research for that book) or possibly none other than A.H.S. (“Peter”) Megaw, who was the second Director of the Dept of Antiquities, Cyprus (until 1960) and evenutally an excavator of the Saranta Kolones site illustrated in the photo. (Note: I would like to thank Mr Giannis Violaris for the identification of Loizos Philippou and for suggesting Dr Megaw as the other man.)

From the camera lens of Paphos’ great historical photographer, Spyros Kharitou. The stone building with buttresses is now the “Visitor’s Centre” of the modern Paphos Archaeological Park. Remarkably, several sections of the land inside the “Park” still resemble the undisturbed, rubble-filled fields shown in this photograh.

Remember this? The Old Days before the Archaeological Park in Kato Paphos.

The Pharos (“Lighthouse”) of Paphos

From the lens of Sypros Kharitou.

The Paphos Pharos (under rennovation) and the Odeon.

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Khrysopolitissa: Diachroniki Ayia Kyriaki

 

Early Phases of Tourism Develepment in Kato Paphos

From Left to Right: the Basilica Gardens Complex with the Pharos in background, the Panayia Theoskeparsti Church and the Dionysos Hotel. Note the dirt track that led from the hotel to the coastline.

 

Long view of Kato Paphos, from the vantage point of Fabrika Hill, showing the Panayia Theoskepartsti church and the old SODAP factory at far left.

Ta Kato Pervolia

The area called “Kato Pervolia” in Spyros Kharitou’s early photo of the southwestern corner of Cyprus before the inventions of: cement mixers, reinforced concrete, asphalt roads, multi-story apartment blocks, shopping malls and McDonalds, etc.

Ayios Antionios – Now on “Bar Street”

Amongst all the modern bars, disco-pubs and crappy fast-food restaurants of “Bar Street” in Kato Paphos, if you don’t pay attention you might never notice this landmark church. Photo: Spyros Kharitou.

“Ktima” a.k.a. Pano Paphos or Upper Paphos

The old buildings representing the former administrative section of “Ktima.” Photo: Sypros Kharitou.

We call it Fettas Corner today…

Scene of a Paphos Landmark.

Ta Kouklia – Site of the “original” Paphos

“To Chiftliki” at Kouklia before rennovation. Photo: Sypros Kharitou.

As it is today.

Welcome to the Paphos District!

This old sign still stands today (photo was taken in February, 2020). Kudos to anybody who knows the exact location!

After you passed the District Sign (above), this was the first thing you would see as you drove towards Paphos on the first version of an asphalt road.

Believe it or not: some small sections of the old asphalted road in front of Petra tou Rhomiou still exist. This photo was taken in May, 202.

The Monastery of Ayios Savvas tis Karonos – Dhiarizos Valley

1986

 

May 2020

Vretcha – “The Mukhtar’s House”

October 1990.

August 2019

Old Paphos Hall of Fame

Let’s hear if for the Mukhtars! Photo: Sypros Kharitou.

A priestly gathering. Photo: Sypros Kharitou.

Ktimatologoi Paphou: No unnecessary delays or any slow-tracking bull for your Kotchani (“Title Deed”) from these guys!

The Dhimarkhos Paphou (“Mayor of Paphos”), Mr Ch. Galatopoulos and Town Council. (Note: In April 2020, I posted this photo in a FB Group and the grandson of the Mayor in photo turned up in the group saying he himself lives in Lemesos, but remembered his grandfather as leader of Paphos during the years listed above.

He looks like a really nice guy…and a great Dhimarkhos.

O Leonidas: He never made to the Dhimarkheio, but he was Mukhtaris twn Aoratwn…Gotta light?

He had nails on the soles of his boots…

 

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