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Agios Kirykos and Agia Ioulitti Church
Letymvou village
A cross in square domed church that could be dated to 12th century, with many newer additions, especially in 15th century. It has a few surviving wall paintings, dating to 12th century, but most date back to 15th century.

Church Of Panagia Chryseleousa
Empa village, 3 km North of Pafos
This is a combination of two churches. Eastern section was first built in 12th century, possibly on the ruins of an early Christian basilica, as a cruciform church with a dome. Later in 13th century an extension was made to the West with a domed building of the cross-in-square type. It retains valuable wall paintings of 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th centuries.

Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery
Pentalia
An abandoned monastery on the banks of the Xeros River. The central nave of the monastery, dating to 16th century, is in good condition and is considered one of the most important buildings of Venetian period. In 1997 it received Europe Nostra award for the restoration and conservation work carried out on it.

Pano Panagia
On the West of Troodos 1.5 km from Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery
Birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III, first President of Cyprus. The house, where he was born, has been converted into a museum.

Laona Region
Near the town of Poli Chrysochous and Akamas area at about 600 m above sea level, lie the villages of Laona, e.g. Ineia, Drouseia, Kathikas, with a panoramic view across the area. In Ineia you could visit Museum of Basket-weaving (Tel: (06) 33 25 62). Laona/Akamas Information Center could be found in a renovated school in the center of Kathikas. A Museum of Weaving operates in Drouseia.

Polis Chrysochous
37 km North of Pafos
Polis tis Chrysochous lies where there once stood the ancient city-kingdom of Marion, an important commercial center in Classical and Hellenistic times. New local Museum of Polis, Marion/Arsinoe, (Tel: (06) 32 29 55) and houses an interesting collection of antiquities found in the region. Of interest in the center of the town is barrel-vaulted church of Agios Andronikos, which dates back to 16th century. This was turned into a mosque during Turkish period, when the Northern part was added to it and wall paintings were covered by asbestos wash. Recently all the wall paintings, dating back to 16th century, have been uncovered. Next to this church lies 18th century church of Agia Kyriaki.
Beautiful beaches could be found in the surrounding region, picturesque villages as well as interesting churches, such as churches of Agia Aikaterini (16th century) and Panagia Chorteni (15th century). The area has become an attractive popular resort.

Baths Of Aphrodite
Akamas Peninsula, near Polis, 48 km North of Pafos
According to legend, goddess Aphrodite used to take her beauty baths in a pool of a natural grotto, shaded by a fig tree, which can still be visited. Nature trails set off from Akamas to lead nature lovers to incomparable views of un-spoilt land.
 

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