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05 July 1982
3/1982
Commemorative Issue

World Cultural Heritage

Cyprus
Releasing the significance which the preservation and projection of Cultural Heritage has for all mankind, UNESCO has compiled the well known World Cultural Heritage List which includes archaeological sites, monuments and civilization cradles of international splendour. UNESCO included in this important list Ancient Paphos (Palaepaphos and New Paphos) on the 2 September 1980. Ancient Paphos, besides its remarkable contribution to all forms of art, is also the birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite who was worshipped by all civilized people of those times. She has become a world symbol of live and beauty and has inspired artists at all times. It was also in Paphos that Christianity was for the first time preached on a European territory. This new series of stamps commemorates the inclusion of Ancient Paphos in the List and projects its cultural contribution.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

 

'The Unction'

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XP the monogram of Christ together with letters A and

King of Palaepaphos  

King of Palaepaphos

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The sculptured head of a king of Palaepaphos who was also a High Priest of Aphrodite (6th century B.C.)

Theseus  

Theseus

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The bust of Theseus, part of the mosaic composition representing the fight of Theseus with the Minotaur (3rd century A.D.)

Technical Information

Designer: A. Tassos
Quantities:
M225: 350000
M50: 350000
M125: 1000000
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