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    by Assenczo Updated Mar 26, 2015

    Larnaka’s most photogenic building must be the church of St. Lazar. It is an island of authenticity (as much as it is possible these days) amongst the sea of modern functionality flooding this seaside resort of a town. As an addition to its architectural qualities the building boasts liturgies as well (singing has room for improvement). Despite the museum air of the whole complex it seems to be functioning site of worship. Extra intrigue comes in the form of a sarcophagus lying in the crypt of the building where St. Lazar was presumably buried. To the great disappointment of believers and non-believers this vessel is totally empty and has been like that, according to informed sources, for many centuries since some official bone snatchers from Constantinople transferred the relic to a place more worthy of the saint’s status. One of the problems with big public figures (which the saints of the time undeniably were) is that they were not left alone ever. Next batch of bone snatching experts moved him apparently to France where after a while he disappeared again this time into the unknown. Visiting the crypt makes sense anyway since according to legend this was the place where the saint was put to rest originally and consequently the spot was endowed with the present church hence giving the building its reason d’être (unlike most later churches in Western Europe which after completion turned into peculiar cemeteries).

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    by Assenczo Updated Mar 26, 2015

    Larnaka boasts not only a church of major importance but a functioning mosque as well; hugely important in the context of present-day divisions. This place of worship is open to anybody, with no apparent discrimination. Once inside though there are all these looks of suspicion-cum-disbelieve-cum-distrust-cum-irritation that makes the unwitting intruder quickly find his place in the street. In short – tolerance there is but how genuine - it is open to debate.

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    by Assenczo Updated Mar 15, 2015

    On a brightly lit afternoon, watching planes could be an exciting activity for young and old. The western end of the city beach is on direct “collision” with the flight path of landing airplanes. They make a classic circle when coming from the west in order to face the prevailing westerly winds and line-up with the airport’s runway. On their way back from the turnaround they are low and slow enough to allow enthusiasts admire and/or photograph them from very close range. Brightly painted with imaginative liveries these flying machines announce the arrival of yet another batch of tourists, eager to take advantage of the islands best-known attraction – the sun.

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    by sharonerez Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Something attracted me into this bar. It was the music. Walking through Laika Geitona, just off the tourist track in Larnaka, I was drawn to a bar by the sound of plaintive song. A group of guys were singing along to some traditional 50 year old Cypriot ballads. Alone, I sat down outside and ordered wine. As the night went on there were more surprises. An accomplished musician started playing the oud. There was a guy balancing a tower of glasses on his head. This was all impromptu and uncontrived as this is a place where locals meet to have fun. I was the only accidental tourist there. The owner Christos is the electricity that creates the great atmosphere. At intervals he would burst into song or dance out of sheer glee. A big man with a big personality, he made me feel totally at home and took me on as a kindred spirit. Not knowing the language was no impediment in this setting. If the music speaks to you, you're in. A wonderful experience to be remembered.

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    by Aggeliki Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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 Larnaka into the town. The aqueduct is illuminated at night.

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    by Aggeliki Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The salt lake is near Larnaka International Airport. It fills with water during the winter and is visited by flocks of flamingoes who stay here from November till the end of March. It dries up in the summer. It used to yield a good quality of salt which was is scraped from its dried up surface.The salt from this lake is now considered unfit for human consumption.

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    by Aggeliki Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Hala Sultan Tekke is about 5 kilometers west of Larnaka, on the banks of the Salt Lake. It is equivalent to the Christian "monastery". Within the precincts of this Tekke is the tomb of Umm Haram, said to be the foster mother of Mohammed. According to Muslem tradition Umm Haram died on this spot in 647 A.D. while accompanying the Arab invaders. She was buried here and later the Ottomans built the present mosque in her honour.

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