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Petra tou romiou 2007.

The Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), or the Rock Of Aphrodite (as known in English), is a scenic place, located off the old Pafos-Lemesos road. It's a popular tourist spot, for its breathtaking view of the sea, and more famously the birth place of Aphrodite. Legend has it that this is the Rock from which Aphrodite mythically arose from the foams in the sea.

Birthplace of Aphrodite
It is widely believed that at the time when there existed only Ge, the Earth and Ouranos (Uranus), Ge asked one of her sons, Cronos (Kronos) to mutilate his father (Uranus). Obeying these instructions, Cronos proceeded to cut off Uranus's testicles and throw them into the sea. From the sea arose white foams, from which a maiden arose, the waves first taking her to Kythera and then bringing her to Cyprus. The maiden, named Aphrodite then went to the assembly of gods from Cyprus. The Romans widely referred to her as Venus.

Legend of the rock
Digenis Akritas, a Greek superhero, threw a large rock to secure the Saracen ships. This rock today stands as the Petra Tou Romiou leading to the above translation as the Rock of the Greek.

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