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October 10, 2018
Located at the end of the Foinikoudes promenade, the Medieval Castle of Larnaka (also referred to as Larnaka Fort) is believed to have been originally built during the Middle Ages, and took its present form during Ottoman rule, although there is some contestation regarding its origins. Chronographer…
July 31, 2016
next to the promenade the old venetian ford is a must see in Larnaca.
July 25, 2016
Medieval castle with the best view of the city in the end of Finikoudes beach and in the start of the new beach road. It was constructed to defend the southern coast of Cyprus and the harbour town of Larnaca and was later used as an artillery station, prison, and a museum. Antiques from Early…

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“It was the beautiful up-lighting at night which attracted Theo to paint Night At The Museum. The beauty of the wrought iron bars and the banister's shadows on the walls are complimented by the femme fatale, making her way to the entrance of the Pierides museum. One just wonders what the occasion might be. Figurative art with a Film Noir feel, meets Cypriot architecture. The Pierides Museum houses an archaeological collection of artefacts and other exhibits, covering over 9000 years of the island's rich history. It is a private collection which was started in 1839 by Demetrios Pierides, and has been systematically enriched by the Pierides family over five following generations. The Pierides Museum is located just around the corner from the flat. Head for the promenade. Before you get to the promenade turn right into Larnaca’s main shopping street, Zinonos Kitieos Street. The Pierides Museum is on the corner on your right. ”
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“This beautiful monument is located on the west bank of the Salt Lake. It is an important Islamic monument, one of the most revered sites in the Muslim world and it is used to this day for religious purposes. The mosque was built over the grave of Umm Haram or Ummü Haram, who was believed to be the sister of the Prophet Mohammed’s foster mother or a follower from Medina to Cyprus. Umm Haram arrived on the island either in 647 or 649, during the Arab raids led by the Arab Governor of Syria, Moawiya, in an effort to expand the Muslim empire in the Mediterranean Sea. However Umm Haram died shortly after her arrival and buried in the same place where she had fallen off her mule and died.”
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“Located in its own square in the town centre, the magnificent stone church of Agios Lazaros is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus and lies over the tomb of the saint. Built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century, the church was restored in the 17th century. Although the three domes and original bell tower of the church were destroyed in the first years during Ottoman rule, the gold-covered iconostasis has survived today and is a superb example of baroque woodcarving. Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus. He was ordained as Bishop of Kition by the Apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived in the town for 30 years. His tomb can be seen under the sanctuary. The saint is so revered that a procession is held in his honour eight days before Easter. During the procession, the icon of Saint Lazarus is carried through the streets of Larnaka. Next to the church is the Byzantine Museum, which exhibits important religious icons, artefacts and relics.”
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