USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS & ADDRESSES IN LARNACA
My favorite thing about Larnaca is that I am proud to be born here.
When younger I could not understand why tourists come to Larnaca. Ever since I have become a Freelance guide writer, I love coming here and seeing the same things again and again. Larnaca is a city with much to give, much history, many museums and the best of all is that nearly all the sites in Larnaca can be seen in 2 or 3 days!
It is not only beaches!
CTO, Athinon Ave., near the marina entrance, Tel. 04 - 654 322
CTO, Plateia Vasileos Pavlou, Tel. 04 - 654 322
CTO airport, open 24 hours, Tel. 04 - 643 000
Main post office: Zinonos Ktietos, north of the Sileos Pavlou corner.
Hospital: Tel. 04 - 630 300
Flight information: (24 hours) Tel. 04 - 654 389
Cyprus Airways: Tel. 04 - 654 294
Lost properties: Tel. 04 - 630 200 Its warm beaches. One of the shallowest for children is the Phinikoudes Beach.I am a person who wants to exercise in the morning so I love the morning walk on the beaches in Larnaca. Locals are very fond of exercising and you can see them walking up and down the different beaches early each morning.
Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque.
We were recommended to see this important mosque. It is attractively sited by the side of the salt lake. Although the site is old, the mosque is more recent.
The female relative of the prophet Mohammed is buried here. She was accompanying the invading Moslem army when she fell off her mule and died. As a member of the Prophet's family she was accorded a fine burial, the place of which is now a pilgrimage site.
Espresso with St. Lazarus
The St. Lazarus church (Greek: Agios Lazaros) is Larnaca's greatest religious monument, named after St. Lazarus (Hebrew: El azar = God helped), a guy in the New Testament. The church was built in the 9th century by emperor Leo VI and restored in the 17th century. It boasts a beautiful, golden baroque iconostasis (the screen separating the congregation from the altar in Greek Orthodox churches). This magnificent orthodox church was built on top of St. Lazarus's tomb, the brother of Mary and Martha. Martha was my grandma. I don't know her complete family history, but I don't think St. Lazarus was one of her brothers, although she did have some.
St. Lazarus died in Larnaca and was buried in this church. His tomb was discovered in 890 C.E. It bears the inscription "Lazarus, the friend of Christ".
St. Lazarus is the patron saint of Larnaca and dear to the locals. It is believed he came here to be bishop of Kition (Larnaca's ancient name) after Christ had resurrected him. Hence, the Lazarus phenomenon refers to an event in which a person spontaneously returns to life (e.g. the heart starts beating again) after resuscitation was given up.
I was fascinated by the atmosphere in this church, although I'm not religious. It is warm, calm, beautiful, and very spiritual, with icons (the non-computerized type) glowing in gold, red, and blue. I visited the church twice during my stay in Larnaca, just to absorb the vibes. The second time I almost got hit by a car when I crossed the street in front of the church, but thanks to Lazarus the accident was averted. He probably was too busy for another resurrection that day.
The tomb of Saint Lazarus is underneath the sanctuary and not quite as cozy as the church itself. Also, the air is a bit stuffy, but I guess that's as good as it gets in a tomb. I suppose in some tombs there's no air at all, which might make you suffocate.
explore Old Larnaca
In the old district in Larnaca there are narrow streets with charming buildings. Some areas were Turkish and still have their Turkish names, and there is a mosque. Walking around you see different designs of building and sometimes old and new are in juxtaposition.
Larnaca, one of our first trips abroad
"The first "real holiday""
It was in 1999 and it was the first sea resort I have seen abroad, as far as I remember.
It was hot and the humidity unbelievable high... we had to go "inside"" as often as we could.
I will never go back there in August. Perhaps September or June could be a better period.
The city is beautiful and I hope that sometime in the future I will have the occasion to go back and see again those places.