Church of Saint Lazarus (Larnaca, Pictured Story)

There is typically not too many religious contents on However, this posting is already the second church I introduce you to from Cyprus. The first Pictured Story I already shared with you in October 2022 was the amazing Medieval Panagia tis Asinou with its amazing wall painting. Now I take you to the center of Larnaca and the Church of Saint Lazarus (or Ieros Naos Agiou Lazarou).


Church of Saint Lazarus – Location & Admission

The Church of Sait Lazarus is located in the heart of the city center, slightly on its Southern edge. If you come by car, I would typically recommend to keep the car in oe of the major parking lot and walk through the city. There are also some bus connections to city center.

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Admission to the church is free. between March and October, you can visit the church between 8:00 and 18:30 from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, there is a morning slot from 6:30 to 12:30 and an afternoon one from 15:30 to 18:30. However, there might of course be other services as well. In winter, you can visit 6:30 to 12:30 and 15:30 to 17:30 (Sundays) and 8:00 to 12:30 & 14:30 to 17:30 (other days). There is also a museum, which unfortunately did not allow photography. Admission to the museum is 1 EUR.


Church of Saint Lazarus – Impressions

The church of Saint Lazarus has been built in the late 9th century. It is built on top of the second tomb of Lazarus of Bethany. His corpse has later been moved to other places. The architecture of the Greek Orthodox site thereby has elements of Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo architecture, due to upgrades which happened over the centuries. In the church itself, the huge Icononostasis (wall of icons) is one of the most caching elements of the interior. Even though the walls as such feel rather rural, there are quite some elements leading to a breathtaking, rich interior.

There are also some relics in the church. A key reason visiting the church is to walk down to the tomb of Saint Lazarus. Especially due to the long history of the place, it is a really interesting visit. I definitely encourage to have a look when you are around.



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