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LARNACA DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Interesting collection of finds from the Larnaca area, dating from the Neolithic Age to the Roman period.

Kalogera Square Tel:(04) 630169
Monday - Friday: 07:30-14:30
Thursday: 07:30-18:00 (No afternoon in July and August)


PIERIDES MUSEUM

Remarkable private collection of Cypriot antiquities, originally gathered together by Demetrios Pierides (1811-I895), and further enriched by members of the family.

Zinonos Kitieos, 4,
1st October - 14th June
Monday-Friday 09:00-13:00,15:00-18:00
Saturday 09:00-13:00
15th June - 30th September
Monday-Saturday 09:00-1 3:00, 16:00-19:00


CHAPPELL ROYAL

Built by the Lusignan King Jenus in 1421, it contains a wall painting of the king with his wife, Charlotte de Bourbon, on one of its walls. Considered to be one of the most interesting structures surviving from the Frankish Period, it was restored in 1977.

Chapelle royale

Daily, any reasonable hour.

Pyrga village, 35 km south of Nicosia, 32 km from Larnaca, off the Nicosia – Larnaca motorway.

Entrance Fees: CYP 1.00


ANGELOKTISTI CHURCH

Angeloktisti means 'Built by the Angel'. This 11th century Byzantine church was built on a destroyed early Christian basilica, the apse of which survives together with one of the finest pieces of Byzantine art, a 6th century mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child between two archangels, which rivals the Ravenna Mosaic.

Kiti village, 11 km west of Larnaca.

Panagia Angeloktisti

Tel: 24 424646
Monday-Sunday: 08.00-12.00, 14.00-16.00
Entrance free


AYIOS MINAS CONVENT

A 15th century convent with a church at the center of the cloisters. The nuns, besides performing their religious rites, are famous for their icon painting and honey production.


AYIOS LAZAROS CHURCH

The magnificent church was built by Emperor Leo Vl, in the 9th century. Restoration was carried out in the 17th century, keeping faithfully to the original plan, and the church can be called one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture. The tomb of Lazaros, who after he was raised from the dead in Bethany by Christ, came to Cyprus and lived here for another thirty years and was consecrated as the Bishop of Kition by St. Barnabas and St. Mark, can be seen under the sanctuary. The iconostasis, which separates the altar from the main church, is an excellent example of baroque wood carving. Near the church are some tombstones of Europeans who lived in Larnaca, in the 17th-18th century. Eight days before Easter, the icon of Saint Lazaros is taken in procession through the streets of Larnaca.



KITION

One of the most important ancient city Kingdoms, with architectural remains dating back to the 13th century BC. In about 1200 BC, the area was rebuilt by the Mycenaean’s (Achaean Greeks), and one can see the remains of cyclopean walls made of giant blocks of stone, and a complex of five temples.

Approx. 500 m northeast of the District Archaeological Museum

Monday - Friday: 09.00-14.30
(Thursday: 15.00-17.00 except July-August)
Saturday and Sunday closed
Entrance Fees: CYP 1.00 

CHIROKITIA

Neolithic settlement dated to 6800 BC. Excavations have brought to light one of the earliest Neolithic cultures in the world. Finds from Khirokitia are displayed at the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

32 km (20 miles) from Larnaka town or 48 km (30 miles) south of Lefkosia off the Lefkosia - Lemesos motorway.

Tel: 24 322710
Daily: 09.00-17.00 November- February
          09.00-18.00 Mar, April, Sept- Oct.
           09.00-17.30 May- August
         

      Entrance Fees     : CYP 1.00          
Larnaka Municipal Cultural Centre

KALAVASOS-TENTA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

kalavasos-tenta archaeological site

The Neolithic age settlement of Tenta is situated a short distance from Kalavasos village. It dates from 7000 BC. The settlement is covered by a characteristic cone-shaped roof, which forms a contemporary architectural intervention in the landscape.

40 km from Larnaca
Monday-Friday 09.00-16.00
Entrance fees: CYP 0.75

LARNACA SALT LAKE 

Larnaca salt lake is one of the most important habitats in Europe fro water fowl. Scores of flamingos, wild ducks and other water or shore fowl find refuge here in winter on their migratory journeys. Archaeological finds show that the salt lake area and that of the nearby mosque has been inhabited since the Neolithic age. In prehistoric times the salt lake was a harbour that served the town, unearthed here near where the Hala Sultan Tekkesi mosque stands today.

Salt Lake-Larnaca


The town was one of the large urban and commercial centre sod Cyprus in the Late Bronze age(1650-1050BC). When the town was abandoned, the estuary silted up, the natural harbour was destroyed and the salt lake was formed.
Salt was valuable product of the lake, commercially exploited for many centuries .A nature trail has been created along the banks of the lake connecting the area with the Aphrodite Cultural Route.

 

 
LARNACA MUNICIPAL CULTURAL CENTER

a) Municipal Gallery
Tuesday - Friday : 10:00-13:00, 17:00-20:00Saturday: 10:00-13:00
Sunday : 19:00-22:00

b) Museum of Palaeontology (Tornaritis – Pierides)
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-1 3:00 & 17:00-20:00
Saturday: 10:00-13:00

Athinon Avenue - Evropis square (Seafront promenade)


tekkes

LARNACA FORT

Built in 1625, it was used as a prison in the first years of British rule. It now houses a small archaeological museum, with finds from Kition and the Hala Sultan Tekke excavations. The Fort is also used as the Larnaca Municipal Cultural Center.

Leoforos Athinon, Larnaka Seafront
Tel: 24 304576
January, February, November, December
Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
March, April, September, October:
Monday-Friday: 09.00 -18.00
June-August:
Monday-Friday: 9.00-19.30
Entrance Fees   : CYP 1.00


LEFKARA

A picturesque village, partly restored and protected, famous for its local lace known as 'Lefkaritika' and for its silverware. According to tradition, Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village and bought an altar cloth, which he donated to the Milan cathedral. 'Lefkaritika' is easily available from shop in all towns, which are ordered from the lace makers in the village direct at very competitive prices.

Lefkara Village

The church of the Archangel Michael in Kato Lefkara is of the single-aisled domed type and has wall paintings of the late 12th century. At Pano Lefkara, there is the church of the Holy Cross with a beautiful 18th century iconostasis and a unique 13th century silver cross. A religious fair takes place on the 13th-14th September, day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

8 km from Skarinou, off the Nicosia-Limassol road, 40 km from Larnaca.

Monday- Thursday: 09:30-16:00

Friday- Saturday: 10:00-16:00


STAVROVOUNl MONASTERY

Perched on a rocky peak, 750 meters above sea level, Stavrovouni means the Mountain of the Cross, and according to tradition was founded by Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, who left a fragment of the Holy Cross to the monastery. The brotherhood is extremely devout, keeping vows as strict as those of the Mount Athos, brotherhood in Greece.

There is an impressive ceremony and celebration on 14 September, the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Monastery of Ayia Varvara (Saint Barbara) at the foot of Stavrovouni hill is easily accessible. The monks here, as in Stavrovouni have a high reputation for icon painting.

9 km off the Nicosia-Limassol road, 40 km from Larnaca.

Stavrovouni Monastery

Women are not allowed in the monastery. Men may visit the monastery daily, from sunset, except from 12.00-14.00 (15.00 hrs in summer). Visits are not allowed on Green Monday and the following day.

September-March: 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00
April-August: 08.00-12.00 and 15.00-18.00


PALM TREES (PHINIKOUDES)

The palm-lined seafront of Larnaca town bustles with cafes, taverns, shops and bars.


LARNACA MARINA

The Larnaca marina with 450-yacht capacity attracts many boats as a safe wintering place


HALA SULTAN TEKKE

Built in 1816 over the tomb of Hiram I, who died on this spot in 649 during the first, Arab raids. According to Legend Hiram I, was a relative of the Prophet Mohammed and the Tekke is an important place of Moslem pilgrimage ranking immediately after the shrines of Mecca, Medina and al Aksha in Jerusalem.


5 km west of Larnaca on the road to Kiti, next to the Larnaca Airport.

June – August: 07.30-19.30
April May, September, October: 09.00-18.00
November-   March   : 09.00-17.00
Entrance   Free


MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The museum displays large collections of local reptiles, rare insects, birds, animals, as well as fossils and marine life species from Cyprus and neighbouring countries. Of particular interest are the collections of insects and plants.

 Leoforos Grigori Afxentiou, (within the Larnaka Municipal Garden)Tel: 24 652569
June - August
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-13.00
                          : 16.00-18.00
September-May
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00-13.00
                          : 15.00-17.00 

Entrance Fees   : CYP 0.20 
                

 






 


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