Guide to Cyprus map Larnaka attractions in Russian
Larnaca is a port city, where recreation is available for tourists with different budget. Historical attractions of Larnaca, will help to revive the amazing history of the ancient and modern world, having learned a lot of new and interesting for yourself.
Guide to Larnaca - map in Russian
Larnaca is not the largest city of the island, so tourists who have never visited here, you should learn about its geographical location and the features more, so you do not spend the time looking.
Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus after the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, and Limassol, from which it is separated only 70 km from the Settlement is located on the Southeast coast of the island.
The population of this resort town is only a little more than 70 thousand people.
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The most important sightseeing areas
Larnaca is a relatively small city, but there are certain places where the attractions. These include:
The seafront Finikoudes , along with the adjacent main beach of the city which bears the same name, the citadel, Dating from the medieval times, a wooden pier and the picturesque port. The name promenade translates as Palm or Date, and it stretches from the citadel to the Larnaca area Vasileos Paul.
Hence it is very easy to get to the Old city and other ancient sites (the Fort of the middle ages and the Church of St. Lazarus), after completing their inspection with a visit to any of there are many bars and catering establishments;
Promenade Pass the Bowloff to the airport and ending with another popular vacation spot – the beach Mackenzie. Cafes and bars are waiting to be explored right on the coast, but be prepared for the fact that the city on foot to get here far easier to order a taxi. But from the airport here at hand, and that was the reason for the construction of many new hotels in the area.
Close to the beach, built in medieval times, the Kamares aqueduct, Hala Sultan Tekke and the famous salt lake;
- Dekhelia road (Ammochostou) – a truly upscale area, with many hotels located right at the Mediterranean sea. However, it is also sufficiently distant from the main infrastructure of Larnaca.
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Attractions with photos
This city lives a special life since ancient times, so the thoughtful traveler will want to pause a moment and admire the remains of its former greatness, and sites created later.
In Larnaca a lot of architectural monuments belonging to different epochs. Among them, worth noting:
- Larnaka Fort – the ancient medieval citadel built by the Turks in the first half of the XVII century It was a defensive fortification protecting the city from attacks by sea;
The Royal chapel, built in the XV century by the monarch Janus belonging to the French dynasty of Lusignan. Therefore, chapel is considered a monument of the Frankish era and is located in the village of Pyrgi, located 30 km from Larnaca.
External decorative elements in the construction are virtually absent, but inside the wall painting in the Byzantine style, depicting the virgin Mary, of king Janus and his spouse and other important people of the era, will certainly appeal to the true lover of antiquities;
- Medieval castle of Paphos, the beginning of construction of which dates back to the XII century, It was designed to protect the South coastCyprus, and now in this amazingly beautiful the fortress is a Museum. The castle is very popular among the local photographers who often shoot their models.
- The Fountain Of "The Seagull". It is located on the main city square and is one of the most unusual local architectural monuments. When the fountain of the observers it creates the illusion of the flight of birds.
Now working here, the District Medieval Museum and in the courtyard of the Fort often hosts theatrical performances in the open space.
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Byzantium, which for eight centuries was part of Cyprus, was a religious country. It was there that he founded modern Christianity, so churches and monasteries here, too. The most interesting include:
- The Stavrovouni monastery, the walls of which are still home to more than 20 monks, hermits, leading a strict ascetic life and continued the iconographic tradition of the Byzantine period. There are a nail and a piece of a cross, which allegedly crucified Christ, as well as the Cypriot icon of the virgin, according to legend discovered in the fourth century on the spot where was buried St. Lazarus;
- The Church of St. Lazarus, built on the site of the mausoleum of the Saint. It is a rectangular Church with three-sided apse on the facade, three domes and a bell tower. The Church was built in IX-X centuries in Byzantine times. Now there is a beautiful iconostasis of the XVII century, the relics of Lazarus and the miraculous icon with his portrait;
- The Hala Sultan Tekke is an original monument of Islam, erected in honor of the aunt of the prophet Umm Haram. The monument, built in the XVIII – XIX centuries, located on the shores of salty lakes surrounded by cypress trees and date palms;
- The Church Angeloktisti, according to legend built by the angels on the site of an early Christian Basilica destroyed by the Arabs in the tenth century. Its interior design is a true masterpiece of Byzantine art and mosaics depicting the virgin and child with archangels Michael and Gabriel, dated to the VI century, will long be remembered by even seasoned travelers;
- The monastery of St. George in the village of Trulli – a suburb of Limassol, restored in the XVIII century Here comes the multitude of the faithful, when a religious institution is constantly working craft shops. It has interesting architecture and is called Mavrovouni ("black earth") due to the characteristics of the terrain;
- Women's St. Mina monastery, the famous image of the namesake Saint on the right side of the iconostasis. According to legends, the prayer before it helps to restore the health and financial well-being.
On the territory of the mosque are the minaret, the mausoleum, residential buildings for the servants and a garden with fountains.
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The history of Paphos is very rich in events, and learn more about them, visit the following museums:
- The district Medieval Museum, which exhibits pottery, collection of weapons, unique jewelry and other items produced in this era;
- Archaeological Museum, whose collection consists mainly of works of art and everyday objects found during the research of the ancient settlement of Kition. Among the exhibits - crockery, vases of the Mycenaean period, the stone figures of deities, Roman glass, jewelry of ivory, and much more;
- Wax Museum, where you will meet incarnate in wax historical figures, researchers, local artists and other representatives of science and art in Cyprus;
- Pieridis Museum – a private collection of unique vintage items, including furniture, clothing and weapons from different eras, ceramic and glass products, Greek sculpture, embroidery and mosaics, and much more;
- Museum Kiriazis Medicalon medicine. Here you will see bottles for medicines, surgical instruments, x-ray machines, ancient medical recipes and books and many other things.
Of the natural objects of particular attention of tourists attracted to the salt lakes, representing a complex of four reservoirs: Aliki Orphani, Soros and Spiro, surrounded by a green area.
In winter, the lakes are a habitat for dozens of species of waterfowl: ducks, flamingos, cormorants, gulls, etc.
Undoubtedly it is necessary to highlight beaches of Larnaca is a medium-sized sand, pebble, gentle descent into the water with no sharp breaks. Most of the beach areas, the city awarded the EU Blue Flag for proper maintenance, clean water and infrastructure. Best beaches:
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What else should I see?
In Larnaca, there are many other interesting attractions, without seeing where to go from here is not worth it.
What to do in the city with children?
If you came to Cyprus with the kids, be sure to visit them:
- Camel farmwhere you can ride real camels;
- XD Movie theater, where kids will get a lot of delight from watching cartoons in the format of 6D;
- Donkey farm, which is home to two hundred donkeys, and animals you can ride and feed them. You can still buy here natural donkey milk, as well as soap, chocolate and liqueur based on it;
- The owl Museum, which houses about 700 figures of this bird from different materials;
- Lucky Star Park with over 30 rides.
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Where to go on your own?
Not to spend extra money on a guide, you can schedule a self-guided walk along the Larnaca which will start on the square of Europe and will end at the Church of Panagia Chrysopolitissa.
During the tour, visitors will be able to visit the Archaeological Museum on the street, Kalogria, the famous Palm promenade, then you need to turn on the street Lord Merinos, where the Museum of Paridise.
At the end of the Palm promenade look in the old fortress of Larnaca, walk across the street Laiki Gitonia and visit the famous Church of St. Lazarus.
Walking distance to Avenue Faneromeni with the little Church of Agia Faneromeni.
But to Panagia Chryssopolitissa Chruch, located at the intersection of Archbishop Cyprian and Panagia Chryssopolitissa Chruch, have to go quite far.
In this video you can see the famous beaches of Larnaca: