Paphos Amphitheatre and Lighthouse

The Paphos Amphitheatre, also known as Ancient Odeon, ranks among Cyprus’ leading attractions.

It lies in Kato Paphos, in the heart of the city’s tourist area, more specifically on the slopes of the so-called Fabrica Hill. Despite its relatively small size, this 2nd century amphitheatre is one of the mostfamous in the world. Built entirely of hewn limestone blocks, it was excavated and partially restored in the 1970s by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. With its 12 rows of seats and an audience capacity of around 1,200 people, it regularly hosts theatrical and live music performances during the summer.

Just behind the amphitheatre, the Paphos Lighthouse is relatively modern, compared to the Odeon. Climb up to the top of this vertical white construction to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city. Next to the Odeon and Lighthouse stands a rocky hill that is said to have been the acropolis of the antique town. Also nearby: the remains of the ancient city walls, the Roman Agora (market) and the sanctuary dedicated to the god of medicine, Asclepius.