Church of Saint Lazarus
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Church of Saint LazarusA mid-sized coastal town on the Southeastern edge of Cyprus, Larnaca offers relaxing beaches as well as handful of religious and historical sites. The Church of Saint Lazarus is one of my favorite, having as a child heard stories of Lazarus, friend of Jesus, rising from the dead. A religious pilgrimage destination for worshipers of the past, one can now enter the chamber where Lazarus' remains once laid, located just below the Byzantine church.
After his arrival on the island, Lazarus was made first bishop of Kition, modern day Larnaca, where he stayed for around thirty years until his second and final death. Though his remains can no longer be found here, the church, built around 890 A.D., is one of three remaining Byzantine churches on the island, and is quite a site to behold. Both the altar and the bishop's throne are impressive pieces of woodcarving from the 1700s. Try to visit when church is in session for a more complete experience.