Larnaca, Cyprus - attractions, pictures
Larnaca, like most of the Cypriot cities, is located on the site of the ancient city (Kition).
Larnaca Airport is located near the city, you
can get there by several buses and minibuses.
The schedule of buses and general information about the bus routes of Larnaca and not only Larnaca, can be found on the website of the Cyprus transport.
The beach in Larnaca stretches from the pier to the fortress (about a kilometer). It is wide, there is enough space for everyone.
Along the beach stretches no less than a wide promenade - the embankment of Finikoudes.
Phoenix embankment (Finikoudes)
All of it is entirely filled with restaurants
(with tables on the street, naturally).
Accordingly, the quiet time for hotels located
directly on the waterfront - it's somewhere from
4 to 11 am. If you prefer not to walk at night,
but to sleep, then in the hotel on the first
line it will be possible only if the sound
insulation of the windows is very good.
There are many attractions in Larnaca.
From the fortress, which was built by the French in the XIV century, now there is almost nothing left. What we see is built by the Turks in the 17th century and rebuilt by the British in the XIX.
Fortress (XIV century)
The English used the fortress of Larnaca
as a prison - a room was preserved where
executions were carried out (hung).
Inside allowed for little money. There is nothing particularly interesting there - guns and old Turkish tombstones in the courtyard, a small exposition illustrating the history of the fortress,room of the hanged people and an observation deck at the top.
Near the fortress there is an active mosque Jami Kebir, rebuilt from the Catholic church of the XVI century.
Jami Kebir Mosque
Behind the fort, the zone of active tourist life ends and the old city begins. In fact, I do not know how old he is, most likely well restored. But it looks nice, especially in contrast to the noisy waterfront of Finikoudes.
Old Town of Larnaca
There is no beach here, just a concrete
embankment, so there are very few tourists.
The main attraction of Larnaca is the church of St. Lazarus.
Church of St. Lazarus (IX century)
A church was built in honor of the Lazarus, whom Christ resurrected. He (Lazarus, not Christ), according to legend, was the first bishop of Kition. In the XVI century Turks converted the church into a mosque. The belltower and part of the domes were destroyed and restored only in the XIX century.
Church of St. Lazarus (IX century)
Nearby there is a museum that exhibits, mainly, church utensils and icons. The
entrance fee is small, many icons are very old. It is especially interesting to
look at the samples of Byzantine art.
Perhaps the second most important sight of Larnaka is the salt lake and the mosque on its bank.
The lake in the summer is not a lake, it's just a plateau covered with a layer of salt.
The Khala Sultan Tekke mosque is one of the most important
sacred places of Islam, as according to legend it is built on the burial site of
the aunt of the prophet. I'm not very interested in Muslim religious buildings,
besides, the mosque was built relatively recently - in the XVII-XIX century.
Much more interesting is another Turkish construction - the aqueduct of Larnaka. It was built by one of the rulers of the city, for delivery to the inhabitants of the water, naturally.
The structure impresses with its dimensions. There are no fences and other obstacles, you can climb and see how everything is arranged.
Aqueduct of Kamares (XVIII century)
The nunnery of St. Joseph was founded relatively recently. The buildings are built according to the canons of classical Latin architecture, so at once you can not say that this is the XIX century.
Monastery of St. Joseph (XIX century)
Nearby is the archaeological museum of Larnaca. This loud name
completely wrongly characterizes the exposition, consisting of one room and some
debris in the yard.
Yes, pitchers meet interesting, but in order to imagine that this is the archaeological museum of the city - the receiver of the ancient Kition, it takes a remarkable imagination.
Excavations of the Kition proper do not produce impressions either. There, too, allowed for money, but I limited my eyes to the fence.
Excavations of the Kition
The church of Christolitissa looks interesting, but inside the fence you can not
get - it's closed.
Naturally, its modern appearance is the result of the reorganization of the 18th-19th centuries. By the bell tower you can even see how much newer it is of everything else.
Church of Our Lady of the Golden City
Panagia Chrysopolitissa (XII-XIX century)
The Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration of the Savior (Chrysosotiros) - the center of the local metropolis, which he became after the transfer to Larnaca Metropolitan bishop Macarius I (1737-1776). What can be seen now - basically, the result of the restoration of the XIX century.
Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration of the Savior (XV century)
The Tuzla Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Initially (VI century) it was the Byzantine church of St. George. After the arrival of the Latins, it was transformed into the Catholic Church of the Cross of the Lord, and after the Turkish conquest in the 16th century - to the mosque. They write that the frescoes of the very first church have been preserved inside, but it is impossible to go there - everything is closed.
Opposite the mosque is the only surviving Venetian fountain. Once they were scattered all over the city. In fact, this is not a fountain, but just a column, from where the local people took water.
Venetian fountain (XV century)
Chapel of St. George Makris - one of the few preserved in its original form of
Previously, here was the village of Agrinu, the center of which was the church. In the XV century the chapel was destroyed by the troops of the Egyptian Sultan and was restored in the same form. In the XVIII-XIX century around the church formed a monastery, which fell into decay and was demolished in the XX century. So now this place looks almost the same as in the Middle Ages. Very quiet and peaceful place on the outskirts of the city. Unfortunately, like most Cypriot churches, the chapel is open only for the service, so it was not possible to see it inside.
Chapel of St. George Makris (XII-XIII century)
Not far from Larnaca there is a water park, you can get there
by bus. In my opinion it is worse than Limassol, but, in principle, not bad.
We took an excursion on the boat with fishing and visiting the place of the sunken ferry "Zenobia". All this was not very far from the city coast.
For fishing wishing to give out fishing rods such as spinning with three hooks. They had to be thrown from the side down and then pulled. The people were too much, the biting, as they said, is much better, but, in general, there were few people who did not catch anything at all. Small fish of the perch type were caught and, someone was lucky to pull octopuses. Of all this (not only of this of course, but it would all be hungry) then cooked dinner.
On the site of the crash of "Zenobia" it was
possible to swim in a mask (they were issued on
bail) and lifejackets, to whom it is required.
It is seen well enough, though at such a depth
you will not see anything special - just the
skeletons and scuba divers :)
In principle, the excursion was pleasant, interesting.
Overall, I liked the rest in Larnaca. The beach is good, in the city and around it a lot of interesting. That's just to live still need to away from the waterfront - very noisy.