The majestic stone church of St. Lazarus, was built in the IX century during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI. Church of St. Lazarus is one of the most outstanding examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. The temple has an elongated rectangular shape with a tripartite apse on the facade. The interior is divided into three naves with a huge double colonnade and arched spans between them. The temple is crowned with three domes and bell tower from the south-east side. Unique Baroque iconostasis, made in accordance with the tradition of carving wood in the Baroque style, was made between 1773 and 1782 year. Soon he was gilded and painted.
According to the legend, Saint Lazarus arrived on the island after the resurrection of Christ. Here he was ordained bishop by the apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived on the island for 30 years. After the death of his tomb built the church under the altar where you can see the very tomb. The fire that occurred in the church in 1970 and damaged its interior decoration, led to one more discovery. When repairing in 1972 under the altar was found a marble sarcophagus with human remains that have been identified as relics of St. Lazarus. Today, there you can pass down a small flight of stairs.
In Larnaca many go just for the fact to visit the church and see the relics of Lazarus - the patron saint of Larnaca. The relics on display at the south tower in the heart of Temple. Every year, on Lazarus Saturday, eight days before Easter, the streets of the city should be a procession with the icon of the saint. church museum is located next to the temple.
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Daily: April-August 08:00-12:00 and 15:30-18:30
September-March 08:00-12:30 and 14:30-17:00