Top 5 Must Do's in LarnacaEdit This
Larnaca is situated on the southern coast of Cyprus and it is a popular tourist destination. Beaches, historical sites and religious buildings are all part of the tourist attractions in Larnaca. Must do's include Ancient Kitium, Djami Kebir and Larnaca Medieval Museum.
Ancient KitiumAncient Kitium is an interesting historical site that is a must do while you are visiting Larnaca. It is situated to the northwest of Larnaca. The site consists of ruins of ancient Kitium including the remains of the Cyclopean Walls and temple ruins. Buildings at this site can be dated back to the 13th century BC. Another feature of ancient Kitium is the Phoenician temple of Astarte. It is interesting to note that this temple was built on ruins that date back to the Bronze Age. This site has a small admission fee and is open weekdays at varying times.
The Church of Lazarus
This beautiful church dates back to the 9th century and it is an important church in Cyprus. It was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI on the tomb of St. Lazarus which was discovered in 890 A.D. It is said that Lazarus lived in Cyprus after he was resurrected by Jesus. Before Easter each year a wooden statue of Lazarus is kept in the church and then the statue is paraded through the streets. The church is situated on Plateia Agiou Lazarou. Admission is free and the church is open daily.
Larnaca Medieval Museum
This museum is situated in the Larnaca Fort which is near the seaside. The fort was built in 1625 by the Turks to assist in defending the city. The fort was also used as a prison. The well stocked museum has exhibitions which include artifacts from the site of Kiton. The fort also serves as a cultural center. To the west of the fort there are shops. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing drink at a seaside cafe after visiting this museum. The museum has a small admission fee and is open weekdays at varying times.
Djami Kebir is located next to Larnaca Fort. It is a mosque which dates back to the 16th century. It is an important mosque in Larnaca and is still in use today.
Larnaca Salt Lake
Larnaca Salt Lake is located close to the Larnaca International Airport. In winter the water levels rise but in summer the lake is dry. From November until March it is home to flamingos.