Aphrodite's Gardens

Published 17th of September, 2022

Aphrodite left a lot of footprints all over ancient Cyprus. She had her birthplace near Pissouri and was fond of a bath up by Nea Chorio. A whole cult sprand up to worship her. she also mainained some nice gardens, though they rarely get a mention, until now. So let's take a brief visit to Geroskipou, and admire her horticultural prowess.

The Entrance


You can find these gardens just behind the main Square in Geroskipou. There is a handy sign with information in Greek and English, and I shall be availing you of its contents during the course of this article.

View From Above


I have driven past this place on a number of occasions, and often wondered what was down there, so the other day I stopped to take a closer look.



Now, given that the garden appears to consist mainly of a green field, this sign might seem a bit like overkill. But there is more to it than this.

Central Stage


This is the main stage. There is a spring in there, as you shall see, complete with its own mysterious cave. And when I say stage, I am not being glib. They have concerts here, and you can even get married.

Back In The Day


This is what the area used to look like. "Kato Vrysi" means lower spring. This begs the question: where is the upper spring? I don't know the answer to that, but anyway, this image comes from the notice board I mentioned. So let's see what else it has to say...

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