Paphos Art Galleries

(Paphos, Cyprus)

Museum courtyard viewThere aren't really any extensive and permanent collections of Cypriot art works in Paphos, although dotted around the resort are some very pleasant commercial art galleries. These include the Kristus Fine Arts Gallery on Palamas Square, and also a number of art works exhibited within the Paphos New Olympus Hotel on Byron Street, as well as the acclaimed Mantilios Cultural Centre.

However, the Byzantine Museum is one art gallery to rave about, especially if you are of a religious nature, since it boasts some truly ancient paintings of characters from the bible, together with an array of interesting relics and treasures.

Makarios Monument photoIf you are prepared to travel a little, then further art galleries are just a short drive away from Paphos. The best includes the Art and Nature Foundation Gallery at Kallepia village, the Diakosmos Design Gallery at Chlorakas, and the Keith Walker Gallery in the village of Lasa.

Byzantine Museum

Address: Andrea Ioannou 5, Ktima, Paphos, Cyprus
Tel: +357 2693 1393
A very notable attraction located on the southerly side of Ktima's main public square, the Byzantine Museum is something of a must-see for history buffs with an interest in religious artefacts. The collection includes ecclesiastical items from both the 13th century and the 14th century, with ceremonial robes, documents and paintings of Jesus Christ. Particularly important is an icon of Agia Marina, created in the 9th century and reputed to be the oldest of its kind, on the whole of Cyprus.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 16:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 13:00
Admission: charge