Renowned as the birthplace of Aphrodite and standing as one of the most famous places of pilgrimage of the Ancient Greeks. The entire Paphos town stands proud as a UNESCO world heritage site.
But now, locals have yet another accolade to be proud of. Having won the international competition to become the European Capital of Culture for Pafos 2017 along with Aarhus in Denmark.
Designed to bring the citizens of Europe closer together by the EU Council of Ministers in 1985. The ‘Capital of Culture’ concept has since gone from strength to strength. With the title leading to great cultural and socio-economic impact for each country awarded the title.
With preparations now underway in Pafos 2017 as it responds to the ambitious project, it aims to fast become the most hospitable capital of Europe.
But what, exactly, is going to change? And, what can visitors look forward to? First and foremost, it aims to make the very best of all the town’s sites; from historical ruins to beachside splendours. By turning each and every one of them an ‘Open-Air Factory of Culture’.
All about ‘Linking Continents and Bridging Cultures’.
Paphos has always been at the crossroad of the Eastern Mediterranean. And, through its modern multicultural reality, Paphos now aspires to become the first European Capital of Culture which will link the East and the West. Bridging people and cultures, while also becoming a place of cultural collaboration and peaceful coexistence.