Sightseeings - Famous from Cyprus, Paphos Region
Aphrodite’s Rock - Petra tou Romiou, Local tradition claims that the birthplace of Aphrodite is an area near Paphos called Petra tou Romiou, which is Greek for Rock of Romios (the Greek). The place has regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.
According to ancient tradition, Aphrodite was born from the waves on the site off the coast of Cyprus near paphos. In his Theogony, Hesiod provides the following dramatic account of the event: Aphrodite was then escorted ashore on a shell by the soft breezes of the Zephyrs at the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou. This myth is, of course, most memorably depicted in Botticelli's Birth of Venus (on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence).
A much older rendering of the event can be seen in a fine mural at Pompeii. Homer's account of Aphrodite's birth is less dramatic. He said she was the daughter of Zeus and the fresh water nymph Dione, at whose bosom she would sometimes seek solace.
Petra tou Romiou means "the Rock of the Greek" and does not refer to Aphrodite but to another myth, that of the Byzantine hero Dighenis who threw the rocks at pirates to protect his lady. It is said that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam.
With imagination, this looks for just a moment like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape. There is a long narrow pebbly beach at Petra tou Romiou that extends to either side of the largest rock and its scattered smaller rocks.
Getting to this historical place is easy just by following B6 old road Paphos-Limassol. Local bus No 631 from Paphos Harbour brings you here in about 35 minutes. There is plenty of parking. Pedestrian access to the beach is via an underpass. Also there is small coffee shop that sells souvenirs.
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