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The Sanctuary of Apollo Ilatis

Lying on private property, unknown to most Pafians, formed a sacred place of worship of one of the deities of ancient Greece. Apollo was worshipped all over Cyprus, in places like Kourio, Idalio, Pafos, Tamassos and many more. Not only he was regarded a God of sea, shepherds, spiritual life, medicine and music, but also the protector of health and good luck. The sanctuary of Apollo consists of two subterranean rock-hewn rooms, the one is rectangular the other one of a round shape, linked together via a rock-cut dromos (way), located in the eastern necropolis of Pafos. The sanctuary was made by the High Priest Tarvas for the God Apollo, according to a Cypriot syllabic inscription above the main entrance. In 4th century B.C., when Pafos was established, the sanctuary began its function as well.

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