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Larnaca: the sights of the ancient city in Cyprus

Ancient Larnaca and its attractions

Larnaca is the most ancient city in Cyprus. The first settlements appeared here about 6 thousand years ago. Today it is one of the most famous resorts, relatively inexpensive, calm and comfortable. It is convenient to rest here for older people and families with children. Warm and shallow sea, clean sandy beaches, most of which are free, and partly awarded the Blue Flag, a compact historical center full of attractions — all this allows you to choose a vacation in Larnaca. You can visit this place as part of a group or on your own by purchasing plane tickets and booking a hotel room.

Most hotels are located east of the city on the coast. Along it stretches luxurious promenade, convenient for walking and recreation. It is in Larnaca is the largest international airport in Cyprus.

Once here was the most significant port of the island, and the Phoenicians briskly traded with it. Today in this place only private yachts and pleasure boats moor.

The attractions that Larnaca can boast of are very diverse. Here there is something to see the lovers of antiquity, those who are interested in the history of early Christianity, parents who want to entertain their children and rest in peace. In this article you will find a description of the most significant and interesting places of the ancient city of Cyprus.

This is the main promenade of Larnaca. It is so named because it is replete with date palms, which grow in large numbers in Cyprus. This greatly facilitates walks under the tropical sun, because the spreading crowns of trees perfectly protect from the sun. Here you can find a large number of taverns and restaurants that cook real local food, rich in sunshine, sun-filled fruits and vegetables.

Church of St. Lazarus

One of the most famous saints of the New Testament, revered by Christians, Lazarus, whom Jesus Christ resurrected on the fourth day after his death, after some time fled from Judea, persecuted by the hatred of the servants of the law. Having settled in Cyprus in a settlement that the Romans called Tsitium, he began to preach Christianity. Shortly thereafter, the apostles Paul and Barnabas ordained him bishop, and Lazarus baptized and taught the law of God to the locals.

After the death of the saint, his remains were transferred to Constantinople, then the Crusaders captured them and took them to Marseille. Part of the relics remained in the sarcophagus at the base of the temple and gave the name of the city — Larnaca (tomb).

For twelve centuries, the church was not only rebuilt many times: it served both the Benedictines as a monastery and the Turks as a mosque. Only in the 70s of the twentieth century relics were found and solemnly laid in a silver shrine, which is located in the heart of the temple.

It is worth paying attention to the miraculous icon of St. Lazarus — one of the main saints of Cyprus. Interesting and other images of this ancient temple of Larnaca, created in the Greek and Russian style. Particularly curious are the icons of the Great Martyr George and Our Lady Odigitria in a rich salary.

In the temple there is an opportunity to descend into the dungeons and explore the ancient sarcophagi. Also right in the room you can drink water from the holy source and collect it on the road.

This open-air archaeological museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, most of the buildings of the Neolithic era eventually turned into ruins, but Cyprus archaeologists have restored some of the buildings, which makes it possible for tourists to see how ancient people lived.

This attraction is located on a hill, there are no trees there, therefore, going for a walk, you need to take water, a hat and cover your shoulders from the sun, so as not to burn. Walking will have to go long enough in the heat and uphill, which is hard for the elderly and those who have heart problems.

Stavrovouni

In the 4th century AD, this monastery was founded by the mother of Emperor Constantine Elena, the same one who organized the search for the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Tradition says that, stopping in Cyprus to wait out the storm, she saw an angel commanding her to lay a monastery on this place and leave a piece of the Cross in it. Now it is placed in a silver cross-shaped frame, located on the right side of the iconostasis of the main church of the monastery.

The monastery is located on the top of a mountain near Larnaca. A wonderful landscape opens from there. The buildings themselves underwent many changes and acquired their final appearance only in the 17th century.

This picturesque village, whose name translates as «white hills», is considered to be the most beautiful of these sights in Cyprus. It is located fifty kilometers from Larnaca.

Lefkara is a narrow streets and white limestone houses with terracotta roofs. At such a small settlement there are 18 temples and churches, most of which are true monuments of antiquity. In the village you can buy items that are produced by local artisans: traditional lace, the secret of which is passed down from generation to generation, silver jewelry, and dishes. The local museum of ethnography will give a fairly complete picture of the customs of the inhabitants of this province of Cyprus.

Hala Sultan Tekke

Since Cyprus is the land of not only Christians, but also Muslims-Turks, the main Islamic attraction is a mosque located on the shore of the Salt Lake. This place is located near Larnaca airport.

The architectural ensemble includes not only the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke, but also a minaret, a hotel, a mausoleum and a monastery.

The fact that the complex was erected in the midst of the ruins of a Greek city of the Bronze Age — the second millennium BC — makes it particularly fascinating to walk. A considerable amount of gold items from the Mycenaean period were found here, which were later taken to Larnaca.

A magnificent garden is laid out near the mosque, it is a pleasure to walk along the shady avenues.

It is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Founded his great-grandson of the biblical Noah — Kitim.

Sightseeing must be done slowly. Then you can see the oldest remains in Cyprus of temples and houses, workshops and tombs. Right on the sites of the excavations in the special windows the objects of life of the Mycenaean Greeks, found by archaeologists, are exhibited.

The largest amusement park in Cyprus can bring a fresh touch to the rest of both history buffs and families with children who find it difficult to fully enjoy the sights.

Lucky Star provides travelers:

  • thirty rides;
  • carting for adults and children;
  • water activities;
  • rope track.

Here you can spend a whole day, because in the park there is a restaurant, and numerous kiosks with ice cream and water.

Larnaca is a classic of the Mediterranean resort city — hospitable, curious and charming, in which it is comfortable for completely different people. Rest here is relatively inexpensive, but clear sea, tasty and healthy food, friendly people and generous sun flooding Cyprus with its rays.

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