Cyprus. Kouklia (Paliapaphos), Temple of AphroditePhoto by Sabina Tariverdieva
Kouklia (Paliapaphos), Temple of Aphrodite.
The building apparently served as cultic banqueting halls — a type of building developed from the original Greek banqueting hall by substituting continuous platforms for the individual stone-built klinai. On these raised platforms, about 0.80 m high, the worshippers rested during meals. The lay-out of the hall is closely related to similar buildings in the sanctuary of Apollo Hylates at Curium, erected after the earthquake of AD 76/77, and at Pergamon. Unfortunately, no existing text refers to banquets as part of the cult ceremonies of Aphrodite Paphia.