Aphrodite / Venus
Aphrodite / Venus is known as the Goddess of Love and Fertility. She is associated with gardens and cultivated fields. She was worshipped for protecting all products of the land, vegetation as well as copper. Due to her association with Cyprus as her perceived birthplace, Cypriot hold multiple cultural heritage events in her name and many heritage sites are devoted to her. Aphrodite is the source of inspiration for countless Art pieces/work, such as statues, heritage sites, sculptures, domestic murals, fresco, mosaics, shrines, theaters and more. Her beauty inspired millions of artwork that currently constitute important artistic pieces globally. The myth about her birth from the sea’s foam inspired the great painting of Venus by Sandro Botticelli in 1486. Ancient items discovered in Cyprus and other European cities depict her, all used with materials of the time and are now considered important cultural artefacts.