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Fabrica Hill
Fabrica Hill

Fabrica Hill

Free admission

Pairando sobre o Sítio Arqueológico de Paphos, Fabrica Hill já marcou a entrada norte da antiga Paphos e hoje serve como um mirante panorâmico, oferecendo vistas impressionantes sobre as inúmeras ruínas romanas, o Pilar de São Paulo e a cintilante costa mediterrânea.

A principal atração de Fabrica Hill é o antigo anfiteatro Odeon construído em sua encosta, uma impressionante estrutura de calcário que data do século 2, onde concertos de música e apresentações teatrais são realizados durante os meses de verão. Também são interessantes uma série de cavernas de pedreira que datam do período helenístico, um antigo mosaico parcialmente restaurado e as catacumbas de Agia Solomoni nas proximidades.

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Ayiou Ayapitikou, Paphos, Cyprus

The basics

Some ancient history-focused tours of Paphos will make a stop at Fabrica Hill, along with Paphos Archaeological Park, the Tombs of Kings, and St. Paul’s Pillar, where the apostle was supposedly tied up and whipped as punishment for preaching Christianity. Many hop-on hop-off bus tours of Paphos stop at all the major ancient sites, making it possible for visitors to do a self-guided tour. There is very little signage on Fabrica Hill so it can be good to go with a guide who can provide context and commentary.

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Things to know before you go

  • Fabrica Hill is a must for fans of ancient history.
  • The ground is rocky and uneven; wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring a torch to explore inside the quarry caves, and a camera to capture the views from the top.
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How to get there

A trail leads up Fabrica Hill from Apostolou Pavlou Avenue, near the Kings Avenue Mall. Walking to the trail from the harbor or bus station takes just 10 minutes.

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When to get there

With little tourist infrastructure here, Fabrica Hill tends to escape the attention of most travelers, meaning it is usually quiet. Avoid visiting between midday and mid-afternoon when the heat and light in this exposed area can be intense.

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The Roman Theater

The Roman Theater on Fabrica Hill is thought to date back to 300 BC. The theater was built into the side of the hill and could hold more than 8,500 spectators in its 2nd-century heyday. Excavations took place between 2007 and 2016. Although the Roman Theater is not as well preserved as Paphos’ Odeon amphitheater, it is nevertheless an impressive sight to behold.

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