St Pauls Pilar
(also known as Ayia Kyriaki)
This church was built around 1500 AD as a Latin Church on the site of a small church which was destroyed in 59 AD by an earthquake. About 100 years after its construction, and following the Turkish invasion of 1570, it became the Byzantine Cathedral of Kato (Lower) Paphos.
St. Paul and St. Barnabas visited Cyprus in 45 AD (Acts 13 verses 5-12) and converted the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus. He became the first Christian ruler and Cyprus the first Christian country. Tradition has it that St. Paul was scourged in Paphos at the pillar near this church, thus this church is often known as “The Church by St. Paul’s Pillar”.
This stunning building is steeped in history and will provide a setting for stunning photographs, including the ancient ruins in the grounds.
This is the larger of the churches and can accommodate around 100 persons.