The Lighthouse and Beyond
The third blog on our walkabout takes us to the Lighthouse, along the ancient city wall, and to the far corners of the Archaeological Park. The going is a bit trickier once you are beyond here, and not suitable for wheelchairs, but if you fancy a stroll it is well worth the walk...
Once we have left the House of Dionysos, we continue north towards the Lighthouse.
If you missed part 2 use the link below.
There are a number of these lookout spots around the park. They are great places to take in the view.
There is a sign on the other side of the Lighthouse which gives a lot of information. We shall repeat it here though, as it makes more sense to have the information before we reach it.
The area of the Pafos Lighthouse
The management of the Lighthouse is under the authority of the Cyprus Ports' Authority. However, as it is situated in the archaeological site of Kato Pafos, the restoration of the buildings that belong to the Lighthouse complex(houses of the Lighthouse keeper) and the surrounding area, was implemented by the Department of Antiquities, which is the authority in charge of the management, control and protection of the archaeological heritage, including the area of the Lighthouse.
The fact that the Lighthouse is located in the archaeological site of Kato Pafos coincides with the history of the city of Nea Pafos itself, which was founded during the Hellenistic period, in order to replace Palaia Pafos (archaeological site of Palaipafos), due to the direct access it offered to the sea. The archaeological, historic and cultural significance of Pafos is considered to be an “outstanding Universal Value”, for this reason, it comprises part of the Universal Heritage of UNESCO since 1980. The natural environment of the region is also of unique importance. As such, it belongs to the NATURA 2000 network. During the restoration of the area, the Department of Antiquities collaborated with the Department of Environment, the Fauna and Wildlife Service and Birdlife Cyprus. The aim was to create informative ands visual material that would ultimately contribute to the protection of these unique environmental elements.
Unfortunately you can't go all the way up to the top. The views would be spectacular from there! Anyway, the sign concludes:
For the upgrading, conservation and promotion of this region, the Department of Antiquities proceeded with restoration works of the buildings next to the Lighthouse, the organization of the natural environment and the creation of footpaths. During the works in the surrounding area, a water pool and a tunnel were located and excavated, which belonged to an ancient water management system, The ceramic material identified within the tunnel date these findings in the early Roman period (1st c. – 2nd c. AD).
The Department of Antiquities, due to the relationship of this region with the seas, as well as the significance of the Lighthouse for the cultural heritage of Cyprus, created exhibitions based on informative and audiovisual material, titled “Cyprus and the Sea” and “Lighthouses of Cyprus”.