Larnaca is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus. It is the third largest city in the country, after Nicosia and Limassol. Larnaca is known for the Church of Saint Lazarus and its medieval fort. There is also he Hala Sultan Tekke which we did not go to and the Kamares Aqueduct that we passed. The day was full of attractions as we were heading to Agia Napa and Nicosia the same day !
The castle is nothing special. The views on the city are quite nice as you can see, but there not much to see…just a few cannons and they charge you £2.50 for that. However, I do not know other place where you could get this views.
Saint Lazarus Church
The Church of Saint Lazarus is named for New Testament figure Lazarus of Bethany, the subject of a miracle recounted in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus raises him from the dead. According to Orthodox tradition, sometime after the Resurrection of Christ, Lazarus was forced to flee Judea because of rumoured plots on his life and came to Cyprus. There he was appointed by Paul and Barnabas as the first Bishop of Kition (present-day Larnaca). He is said to have lived for thirty more years and on his death was buried there for the second and last time. The Church of Agios Lazaros was built over the reputed (second) tomb of Lazarus.
St Lazarus Church is gold inside 😛 There also lots of paintings. I have never been in a church like that. Lavish interior below:
There are at least 3 salt lakes in Cyprus. In winter you can see flamingos feeding here. But in late summer, it is just salty desert ! Vast area though 😉
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