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    Many shades of an aura

    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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    Counterparts

    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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    Sundown Larnaka style

    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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    Mackenzie area

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 8, 2014

    This area was still under renovations when I visited it. From here to the Larnaca bus station is 15 minutes walking distance.
    Besides the attractive great beach, a fishing port is worth a visit. The area is plenty of restaurants and traditional tavernas where you can eat fresh fish and seafood.

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    The Mosque of Tekke by the Salt Lake

    by greekcypriot Written Feb 27, 2013

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    Disappointing inside, but Picturesque Spot for a walk!

    Tekke is of great importance to the Islamic world but nowadays it is an ordinary tekke. It has a great view to the Salt Lake and some history behind it.

    I have walked around the mosque and went around it several times in the past but between us, the beauty is outside in the round area. I don’t find the mosque as a building particularly spectacular. It is carpeted inside as it is in every mosque and a place for prayer for Moslem but there is not much information or somebody to guide a visitor inside, and it is disappointing.

    However, it is pleasant enough to walk up to the mosque which is next to the Salt Lake. I visited it in January with the flamingos in the Lake, but honestly any time of the year you come here is beautiful. The picture varies depending on the time and season. I have taken some amazing photos in the past when it was cloudy and the lights from the city were reflected in the water.

    Of course a visit here gives the visitor the opportunity to get a glimpse into a different culture but to be honest the place is kind of let down.

    Now the story behind it, is that the mosque was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she fell off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island.
    According to tradition, she was related to the Prophet Mohammed.
    It is said that it is now one of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, ranked immediately after Mecca, Median in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was first renovated in 1816. The last renovations were in 2002.

    In any case I find it a very interesting spot to visit, however the visitor should have in mind that the beauty of it is what you see on the outside.

    I highly recommend a visit here no matter what season or time you come, -the place is still beautiful.

    The Mosque of Tekke in January The palm trees around the mosque by the Salt Lake Flamingoes just opposite the mosque The Mosque of Tekke by the Salt Lake in January From my stroll to the Mosque of Tekke
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  • Stavrovouni Monastery

    by hongkong88 Updated Aug 18, 2012

    This is not in the town of Larnaca but is a fairly short drive away up a winding switchback but safe road. The monastery dates from very early Christian times. It offers beautiful views of the area and is an impressive site. Remember every stone in the buildings was hauled to the site by hand or at best by donkey. The thing to keep in mind is when you park your car you are not almost there. You have a long uphill hike ahead of you. Also when we were there women were not allowed beyond the gate. The view from the parking lot is nice but if you're left behind you have some time to kill. There is a gift shop at the gate that you can kill some time in. When you see the monastery from below you see it commands the area but you really don't have an idea of what it takes to actually get to the main buildings. It is worth the trek but the trip is not for the over-aged overweight tourist.

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    Great body art.

    by planxty Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    OK, this is unodubtedly one of the more unusual tips I have ever posted on VT, and I appreciate it will only be of interest to a limited number of people.

    I personally have tattoos, and I love them. They weren't things done in drunken haste as a kid and regretted later, in fact I was 31 when I got my first one done. I had been thinking for a long while about getting another one and had picked the design I wanted. My ex-girlfriend told me to wait until we went to Cyprus as she knew of a good tattooist in Larnaca, who had been recommended by her godson who lives in the town. I duly went and got my tattoo done and I am very pleased with the work.

    The studio itself is spotless, normally overseen by the tattooist's niece, who is very friendly. There is no pressure on you if you just want to browse the books of designs.

    The tattooist himself, Tasso, is a lovely bloke. If you like your tattooists "authentic", he is a shaven headed member of the Harley Owners Group (his bike is very nice) with plenty of tattoos himself, although he is also a Bachelor of Science and a qualified Dive Master! He speaks good English as well. He is principled about his work and will not, under any circumstances, tattoo you if he thinks you are drunk.

    The equipment is spotlessly clean and I had no concerns about it. The number of positive recommendations I had had from local guys with tattoos was, however, the clincher for me - he is very highly regarded locally. I actually go to know him socially as he drinks in the Old Country Pub across the road - only after work, I hasten to add.

    Tasso also does piercing and has a nice selection of jewellery on offer.

    As I said, not a tip for everyone, although if you're thinking of a holiday souvenir that will last a little longer than your duty free bottle of brandy, this is the place to go.

    Easy Rider Tattoo Shop, Larnaca, Cyprus.
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  • Cyprus Taste Tours - Larnaca

    by typical_travellers Written May 4, 2011

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    This is a GREAT food tour and you will love it if you enjoy experiencing true culture and people as well as drinking and eating. Some friends of ours noted that Larnaca didn’t have much to do so when we booked our Cyprus holiday we stayed in Protaras. We had a hire car so we drove down to Larnaca for this food tour and it was fantastic! The food was delicious! The places were original! We met some great people! It is A LOT of food and well worth the money. Our friends missed out!

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    OK - but definitely not Irish.

    by planxty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Being originally from Northern Ireland myself, I have watched with some interest the rise and rise of the "Irish" theme pub all over the world from Berlin to Phnom Penh and I have to say that most of them bear about as much resemblance to an Irish pub as a penny farthing bicycle does to a lobster. Sorry, folks, but a couple of Guinness posters does not an Irish pub make.

    Anyway, the Bailey is one such place, decked out with curios and posters with an Irish theme. Apart from that it is just a typical Finikoudes (Larnaca searont) bar, pleasant as it is. Service is good, and they have a menu including several "British" breakfast options. There is the obligatory outside sitting area where you can see and be seen. A pint of Keo (local) beer runs £C 2:20 which is about right for the area.

    OK but nothing spectacular.

    Bailey's Irish pub, Larnaca, Cyprus. Bailey's Irish pub, Larnaca, Cyprus.
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    The Monastery of Agios Minas near Lefkara

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 1, 2011

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    Very near the village of Lefkara, the 15th century convent of Agios Minas consists of a church cloisters and other monastic buildings.

    I have visited it recently on my visit to the beautiful village of Kato Drys.
    The 18th century monastic buildings surround the church with cloisters to the west.

    The church is the common mix of Byzantine and Gothic styles, with a pointed vault wth traverse ribs and side porticos.

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    HISTORICAL ARCHIVES MUSEUM IN LARNACA

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 25, 2010

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    The municipal museum is housed in a 1881building, which was the residence and office of the first colonial Port Master of Larnaca. On the ground floor is the City museum with exhibits emphasizing the long, glorious and uninterrupted history of the town. A large collection of the city’s coins minted in the local mint starting with the first coin of the city Kingdom of Kition of the late 6th century and a fabulous collection of city photographs through the years dating from 1850, are among the most interesting exhibits. On the second floor are located the city’s archives, which are open only for researchers as they include rare books, editions and documents.
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    The Municipal Museum of Peleontology

    by greekcypriot Written Apr 25, 2010

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    The Municipal Museum of Paleontology opened to the public in November 1996 and is the first of its kind in Cyprus and indeed in the Middle East. It Contains a unique foreign and Cypriot collection of fossils from the earliest forms of life on Earth, some of which are over 500 million years old. This unique collection is the property of the Marine Life Foundation Tornarities-Pierides.

    The Municipal Museum of Paleontology is a permanent fixture in Larnaca. The Foundation Committee will from time to time change and add to the collection. The Museum is located within the five stone-built colonial style Customs warehouses, which were built by the British in 1881/2 and forms the New Municipal Cultural Centre of Larnaca.

    As the exhibits within the museum were once living organisms it offers a fascinating inside of how life evolved and become extinct on Earth. Extinct groups such as trilobites, ammonites, rudists and even remains of the pygmy hippopotamus and pygmy elephants which once lived on Cyprus, are represented in the Museum.

    The Museum attracts many thousands of visitors a year and many of these are organized school groups including foreign schools visiting Cyprus.

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    Larnaca Aqueduct

    by grayfo Written Feb 26, 2010

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    The Larnaca Aqueduct was built in 1746 by Koca Bekir Pasha who realised the difficulties of fresh water access faced by the poor in the city. The aqueduct carried water from a source about 6 miles south of the town, with the supply involving a long underground tunnel, 250 air wells, and three series of overland arches. The aqueduct was repaired in 1856 and enabled the aqueduct to remain in use until the 1950s. Today the aqueduct is referred to as "The Kamares" ("The Arches") with the structure being illuminated at night.

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  • Art Gallery at Cyprus College of Art

    by artcyprus Written Apr 11, 2009

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    If you are interested in art you could visit the art gallery at the Cyprus College of Art. This is located at the College in Mehmet Ali Street, which runs from St Lazarus Cathedral Square. The gallery shows work by students and tutors at the College, and visiting artists. It is unusual, interesting and a little off the usual tourist trail. It also allows you to see inside one of the old buildings of Larnaca as the College is housed in an old town house once owned by a Turkish pasha.

    Outside of the Cyprus College of Art Gallery
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    Sunset in Larnaca

    by freddie18 Updated Nov 7, 2008

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    It is an amazing experience to enjoy the view from the terrace of my Lysithea Hotel in Larnaca. The swimming pool at the centre of the hotel and the sunset that compliments the panoramic ocean views.

    Better still, the sunset can be more romantic if you will catch and watch it at the seashore just across the street of Lysithea Hotel.

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