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Holy Lazarus Church, Larnaca

Holy Lazarus Church, Larnaca

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St. Lazarus Church

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Holy Lazarus Church, Larnaca
Holy Lazarus Church, Larnaca
photo by: Gemma Sunderland

At the corner of Faneromenis and Agiou Lazarou Street is the church of Agiou Lazarou (Holy Lazarus), built in the 9th century by Byzantine Emperor Leo, on the site of St. Lazarus' tomb. According to legend, Lazarus travelled to Larnaca after his resurrection, and became the city's first bishop. His tomb is inside the church, under the main altar. The entrance is decorated with a number of icons. The church belltower was built in 1857. The church houses a small museum, containing beautiful samples of Byzantine religious art, including old wood carvings, icons and liturgical more..

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Kition Archaeological Site

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Archaelogical digs prove that Kition was founded by Mycenean traders in the 13th century BC, destroyed toward the end of that century and rebuilt by a new wave of Aegean immigrants. The Phoenicians conquered the town in the late 9th century BC and tried from here to invade the island.

This is one of the most important historic sites. Five temples of the 13th and 12th century BC were unearthed, along with traces of a number of other structures. The site is open Mon - Fri from 7.30am to 2.30pm, Thu from 3-6pm. Entrance fee.

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Acropolis of ancient Kition

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This part of the city was once the capital of the whole island. Little remains of the old city, once rich in temples and palaces, are to be seen today: Only a few remnants of Heracles' abd Aphrodite's temples and several gold, bronze and ivory tombs of the 13th century BC.

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Larnaca Castle

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Along the beach, near Ankara Street you will immediately see Larnaca Castle. It was built in 1625 and originally served as a prison. From its promenade walls, enjoy a view of the Scala Quarter with its Buyuk Kebir Cami (mosque) - formerly one of Larnaca's Turkish neighbourhoods. Today the castle houses an impressive archaeological museum, built like a labyrinth and dedicated to ancient Kition and later periods.

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openingHours:Mon - Fri 7.30am to 2.30pm

Larnaca Archaeological Museum

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Here you will have a look at several Neolithic and Bronze Age objects, recovered in local digs. Open June-August, Mon - Sat. 7.30am - 1.30pm, rest of the year Mon - Fri 7.30am - 2pm. Tel. (04) 630 169

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Agia Phaneromeni Church

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This church was built above an ancient cave in the 8th century.

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Pierides Foundation Museum

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Address: Lordou Vyronos Street. This museum exhibits an imposive private archaeological collection, founded 1840 and later donated to the city of Larnaca. Open: Mon - Sat from 9am to 1pm. Tel. (04) 651 345

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