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Petra tou Romiou

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The mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, known as the "Stone of Rome", is an interesting geological formation of huge rocks along one of the most beautiful coasts of the island, on the southwest coast of Paphos Province. According to legend, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite was born from the foam of the sea at this point. Legend has it that she emerged from the waves and a shell was accompanying her to that beach. The giant rocks, which are in the same position, are connected with another more recent legend, according to which the Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas threw them there to keep the Saracens Arabs away. The name Petra of Rome comes from this hero.