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Larnaca

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The city of Larnaca grew up on the territory of the ancient city-state of Kition, a rich port and the largest center of the copper trade.

The birthplace of the philosopher Zenon and the refuge of St. Lazarus, Larnaca became the second home for the Saint, he lived here after his resurrection by Christ and was the first bishop of Cyprus.

The history of the city dates back to the Bronze Age, but it became an important commercial center throughout the Mediterranean with the arrival of the Phoenicians. Even today you can see what remains of the kingdom of Kition: massive walls built from giant stone blocks, elaborate Greek Mycenaean cathedrals dating back to the 12th century BC.

During the period of the late Middle Ages and the domination of the Byzantines, the city was renamed Larnaca. Until the 7th century AD. the city remained a flourishing commercial center, but as a result of the invasions of the Arabs, it was almost completely destroyed.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, trade revived again, and many states of Europe were located here, since the city had a special status of lightened taxes and customs duties. The importance of Larnaca after the fall of the Ottoman Empire began to decrease.

Today it is a tourist resort, which, thanks to the presence of an airport with international airlines, serves as the main gateway to the island.

Larnaca (greek. Αλυκή Λάρνακας)
Mackenzie Beach
Mosque Hala Sultan Tekke
Larnaca Castle (gr. Κάστρο Λάρνακας)
Aqueduct Kamares (also Bekir Pasha)
Larnaca. Sea harbor.
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