Alternative Title:

Αναμνηστική σειρά γραμματοσήμων ΕuropaVisit της Κύπρου


The 51c stamp depicts sunset at Paphos harbour with its medieval castle in the background. It reminds one of the Assyrian King Sargon II who referred to Cyprus as: “The land in the sea of the setting sun”. Paphos castle has been a declared Ancient Monument since 1935 and a UNESCO World Heritage List monument, along with other monuments of the archaeological park of Paphos, since 1980. It is located in the harbour area of Paphos town and its main role was to control the gateway of the port and provide defence against any hostile troops . Most scholars agree upon the mid-/late-14th century as its date of erection by the Frankish ruling family of the Lusignans, despite there being no solid and reliable testimonies regarding any fortification works carried out between the earthquake of 1222 and the invasion of the Genoese in 1373. Its importance lies in the symbolic meaning as the most prominent and dominant archaeological monument of Paphos and therefore it is considered a landmark for tourists and the town itself.
The castle adorns several types of media such as photographs, postcards, postage stamps and gravures. Today the castle is open to the public to visit as a sightseeing.

Cyprus as a holiday destination for all seasons offers visitors an exhilarating, unforgettable and care free time. With its: Sun-drenched beaches and dark blue seas, Snow-clad mountains and cedar forests, Picturesque villages steeped in wine history, Delightful treks in unspoilt Akamas Byzantine Churches and World Heritage Sites,

Cyprus exudes a cultural heritage from mythological times and a history dating back to some 10,000 years. It invites everyone to re-live the love life of Aphrodite and Adonis, to explore its ancient monuments, to savour its wines and home made desserts and take with them memories that will last a lifetime.




Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία




Library of Cyprus University of Technology

Contributor :

Designer: Stelios Karamallakis





Item Identification:

2012CS197, 2012CS198


Is part of:

Temporal Coverage:

Frankish (1191-1489)
Venetian (1489-1571)
Ottoman (1571-1878)
British (1878-1960)
Modern (1960-2008)

Spatial Coverage:

34.75364, 32.40697


Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus and Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, “Commemorative Issue of ΕuropaVisit postage stamps series of Cyprus,” Αψίδα, accessed July 24, 2021,