Larnaca, A Historical Kaleidoscope

With its protected harbour and yacht marina, international airport and palm lined beachfront promenade, modern hotels and cosmopolitan character, Larnaca established itself as one of Cyprus important business and touristic centres. Much of Larnaca is built on ancient Kition, an area mentioned in the Old Testament as Kittim although excavated remains date back to the 13th century BC. Zenon, the father of Stoicism was born at Kition.

In 45A.D the apostles Paul and Barnabas arrived in Cyprus to teach Christianity and succeeded to convert Sergius Paulus, the island's ruler, making Cyprus the first country to be governed by a Christian.

Following his resurrection by Christ, Lazarus came to Larnaca and lived in the city for 30 years. He was ordained bishop of Kition by the two apostles. Visit the church bearing his name built in the 10th century over his tomb containing his stone sarcophagus. It is one of the fine examples of Byzantine architecture.

Take a stroll on the palm lined beachfront promenade and see the fort standing at the water's edge, testament of the Ottoman Turks' rule in the 17th century. Stop for photographs at Salt Lake, a winter abode of migrating flamingos. On its shores, Tekke Hala Sultan built in 1816 over the tomb of Umm Haram, an aunt of prophet Mohamed who was buried here in 647 AD is the most important site for Muslims in Cyprus.

Continue to the nearby village of Kiti to visit the church of Angeloktisti containing the most famous Byzantine mosaic in Cyprus before returning to Limassol.


Special Notes:
Suitable for persons with limited walking capabilities but not for wheelchair confined. Few steps at all sites



Tour Details

Tour Name:
Larnaca, A Historical Kaleidoscope

Sightseeing Shore Tours

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Approximately 5hrs

easy excursion

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