Both Mycenaean Greeks and Phoenicians ruled the ancient city-kingdom of Kition in what is today Larnaca. The philosopher Zeno, founder of the Stoic School, was born here while Saint Lazarus regarded this place, where he lived for thirty years after his resurrection by Christ, as his second home. The church erected over his tomb in the old town is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus.
Larnaca is a relaxed resort. For tourists and locals alike probably the most characteristic image of the town is its wide seafront promenade by mature palm trees and lined with cafes and tavernas. On one end, the Marina welcomes international yachts and on the other end, towns` 17th century forts house the Larnaca Medieval Museum. Nearby are the Pierides Foundation and the Larnaca district Archaeological Museums for Interesting antiquities, and the Larnaca Municipality Cultural Centre for more modern shows.
The main international airport linking Cyprus to the outside world is on the edge of town directly opposite Larnaca salt lake. Beside this idyllic lake, which welcome flamingos and other migratory birds each winder and dries out summer heat, is the tranquil Hala Sultan Tekke built to honor the aunt of the Prophet Mohammed. Also on the outskirts of town is the `18th century aqueduct called Kamares.
Just 11 km west of Larnaca
is the 11th century Angeloktisti Church in Kiti village known for its rare
6th Byzantine mosaic. Stavrovouni, one of the oldest and most dramatically
sited monasteries in Cyprus is not far away. Neither is Lefkara village,
famous for its lace and silver. A little further south, Choirokoitia village
is the site of one of the word' s most important Neolithic settlements. Cyprus
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