The Rock of Aphrodite is a few kilometres to the west of
The location is especially beautiful at sunset, seen here on 31 December 2001.
Its Greek name is Petra tou Romiou or ‘The Rock of the Greek’.
Legend has it that Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, rose
from the waves in this strikingly beautiful spot. There are several
versions of the story of the goddess's birth, but the most famous is that
Aphrodite rose naked from the sea on a scallop shell. Blown by the wind,
Aphrodite's first stop was on the island of Cythera, but this was such a tiny
island that Aphrodite kept moving and eventually got to Cyprus, where she began
living in Paphos.
The spot was immortalised for modern culture by Botticelli's 15th century
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