Duration: Half Day
As well as being blessed with beautiful golden beaches, lush mountains and a warm, sunny climate, the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus is steeped in history, dating back thousands of years. Whichever part of the country you travel to, you will stumble across ancient monuments and important architectural sites, as well as fortresses, tombs, temples, caves, churches, monasteries and museums, many of which can be found in the south west of the island, in and around the beautiful coastal town of Paphos. Because
Paphos has such important architectural and historic value, the whole town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980. If you are visiting this region and have time to spare, it would be worthwhile visiting the fascinating Ethnographic Museum. This former Folk Art Museum is now home to a private collection of artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dating back to the 15th century, the Ethnographic Museum is a privately-owned building which now houses the largest collection of folk art and ethnography in Cyprus. The house was converted into a private museum by local archaeologist George Eliades, who discovered the Roman mosaics at Kato Paphos. Fascinated by Cypriot history, archaeology, folk art and literature, he has been collecting artifacts for over half a century.
The ground floor of the house is divided into several smaller museums, including a bedroom and kitchen, which includes an interesting rural life section. On display, you will see antiques, kitchen utensils, basketry, farm implements, leatherwork, textiles and ceramics, all of which will give you a glimpse of the Cypriot lifestyle years ago.
Upstairs you will find furniture exhibits, woodcarvings, textiles, 19th century pottery, old coins, fossils and general artifacts representing Cypriot folklore. There are also some fine examples of Lefkara lace, embroidery and clothing.
Outside in the garden you will find an original wood-fired oven, which was once used to bake bread for the village before electric ovens were invented. Next to this lies a genuine 3rd century tomb.
A visit to the Ethnographic Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in finding out about the history of Cyprus and the lives of the people residing in and around Paphos − from Neolithic times right through to the present day.
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