When Nicosia International Airport was closed by the Turkish attack of
1974, Larnaca developed as Cyprus's main international gateway.
It is well situated as a base for exploring the coast and the eastern reaches of the Troodos Mountains,
while less than an hour by road from Nicosia.
Saint Lazarus is
the patron saint of Larnaka. Kition became his second home after his resurrection by Christ, and he lived here for another 30 years.
He was ordained Bishop of Kition by Saints Barbaras and Mark.
In the 9th century a magnificent church was erected over his tomb by Emperor Leo VI. The church one
of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus, was faithfully restored in the 17th
century, and the iconostasis is an excellent example of baroque woodcarving.
The Ruins of the Ancient City of Kition: The earliest architectural remains date back to the
13th century BC. In about 1200 BC the area was rebuilt by Archaean Greeks. The remains of the
Cyclopean Walls, made of giant blocks and the complex of the five temples are of interest.
The Ha1a Sultan Tekke is about 5 kilometres west of Larnaca, on the banks of
the Salt Lake. It is equivalent to a Christian "monastery". Within the precincts of this Tekke is
the tomb of Umm Haram, said to be the foster mother of Mohammed. According to Moslem tradition
Umm Haram died on this spot in 647 AD. while accompanying the Arab invaders. She was buried here
and later the Ottomans built the present mosque in her honour. The place is considered to be
third holiest in the Moslem world after Mecca and Medina.
The Larnaca Salt Lake is near Larnaca International Airport. It gets filled up with water
during the winter and is visited by flocks of flamingo’s that stay here from November until the end
The Old Aqueduct, known as "The Kamares", stands outside the town on the way to
Limassol. It was built in Roman style in 1745 to carry water from a source about 6 miles south of
Larnaca into the town.
Foinikoudes - Palm trees and ornamental lamp posts run the length of the reconstructed Foinikoudes promenade,
which follows the seafront south from the marina and makes for a pleasant stroll. There are many
hotels and restaurants about for food and drinks.
Marina: Nearby is the Larnaca Marina, one of the few shelters for yachts on the Island.
Khirokitia: It is the oldest site that one may visit in Cyprus ~ and its dates back
to 7000 BC (It features in the UNESCO catalogue of World heritage).
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