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An open-air museum with more than 11,000 years of history and rich culture

Museums and Galleries

Cyprus has a great history and a long past as exhibited in its many museums which are “a must see” if you are a culture lover!
See below some of the most important t museums which are not just another museum but a great cultural attraction!

The Cyprus Museum

The Cyprus Museum in Lefkosia is the main and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus. Work on the building commenced in 1908 and was completed in 1924, when Cyprus was still a British colony.

Byzantine Museum

The Byzantine Museum contains the richest and most representative collection of Byzantine art in Cyprus. Over 200 icons dating from the 9th to the 19th century, as well as ecclesiastical vessels, robes and books which are exhibited in the museum.

Art Galleries

The four galleries of the Cultural Centre of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation exhibit a unique collection of representative works of Western-European art.

Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus

The Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus, housed on the ground floor of the old Archbishopric, consists of a large collection of 19th and early 20th century Cypriot folk art. It includes wood-carved objects, tapestry, embroidery, pottery, Cypriot folk costumes and material hand-woven on the loom.

Cultural Routes

Immerse yourself in the culture of Cyprus by following one of the themed routes around the island…a journey that encapsulates legend, history, viticulture or religion in an enlightening and interesting way. Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty who was born from the seas of Pafos (Paphos)… As you wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, you will learn all about her birth, legend and character.

Byzantine Route

Visit the famous Byzantine churches of Cyprus, with their rare icons and superb frescoes. Ten of these churches are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are scattered throughout the Troodos mountain regions of Marathasa, Solea and Pitsilia.

Aphrodite Cultural Route

Follow the footsteps of Aphrodite, the mythological Olympian goddess of love and beauty and protectress of Cyprus. The route focuses on the archaeological sites dedicated to the ancient cult of Aphrodite and includes Palaipafos (Kouklia), Amathous and Kition.

Thematic Routes

Blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette, the scenery of Cyprus unfolds across glittering coasts, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands.

Eastern Route

Start off at the far easterly farming villages collectively named ‘Kokkinohoria’ in Ammochostos region. Head further towards Larnaca and you’ll be mesmerised by Stavrovouni; a Greek Orthodox monastery famed as the oldest on the island perched high on a mountain peak. Sit and enjoy the view before heading deeper towards the beguiling Lefkara with its narrow winding lanes and terracotta roofed houses.

Western Route

Drive out towards Polis tis Chrysohous to soak up the charisma of a small town that exudes peaceful seaside charm. Just a stone’s throw away is the Latchi fishing village, a favourite holiday destination. Move higher inland to discover a winding labyrinth of villages dotted across the Laona Plateau including Kathikas, Kritou Terra and Arodes.

Wine Route

With the sun kissed southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains winding between Lemesos and Pafos covered in vines, there are over 50 charming boutique wineries waiting to be discovered. The most famous indigenous varieties that you’ll get to sample are derived from the ‘mavro’ (dark red grapes) and ‘xynisteri’ (white grape) and the infamous sweet Commandaria.