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Larnaca

Larnaca is the third town in size. As a coastal town it offers many beaches, water sports, high quality hotels, numerous retaurants and night clubs.

The delightful Palm Trees Promenade - Phinikoudes with its many cafes and restaurats, its Fort and its old quarters give the town a unique character.

The main points of interest in Larnaca are:

Larnaca Fort - Medieval Museum

Originally built during the Middle Ages, the Fort took its present form during the Ottoman rule. After the end of the Ottoman rule in Cyprus, the British converted it into a prison during the first years of their rule. Today the Fort houses the District Medieval Museum, whose collection covers 15 centuries of history, from Early Christian period to the 19th century. The open-air courtyard is used in summer for functions by the Larnaca Muicipality. Near the Fort is Tusla Mosque, which was originally a medieval 3-aisled church.


Kition Archaeological Site

The architectural ruins of the ancient city-kingdom of Kition dating to the 13th century BC were found here. Excavations have revealed cyclopean walls made of giant blocks of stone and a complex of 5 temples. Nearby lay the foundations of the ancient port of Kition, an important commercial centre in ancient Cyprus. Of interest are the drawings of ships etched into the walls of buildings.


Larnaca Salt Lake

This is one of the most important habitats in Europe for water fowl. Scores of flamingoes, 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 Neolihic age. In prehistoric times the salt lake was a harbour that served the town, unearthed near where the Hala Sultan Tekkesi Mosque stands today.


Hala Sultan Tekessi Mosque

Was built in 648 AD, on the spot where Umm Haram died when she fell off her mule, during one of the first Arab raids on the island. According to tradition Umm Haram was related to the Prophet Mohammed. Grand Khalif Moavia, who was taking part in the expedition, immediately ordered the construction of a mosque on the spot. It is now considered on of the most important holy places of worship for Muslims, after Mecca, Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al Aksha in Jerusalem. The mosque was renovated in 1816 and more recentlyin 2002 by UNOPS.


from Larnaca go to Limassol



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