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Church of St. Lazarus

Local name: Ιερός Ναός Αγίου Λαζάρου

Orthodox church of St. Lazarus in Larnaca belongs to the Cypriot Orthodox Church. Traditionally it is recognized that this temple stood on the site of the tomb of Lazarus. The building was made mostly of limestone and its walls are about a meter thick. The most important objects in its interior include the tomb of Lazarus and a baroque carved wood iconostasis.

Orthodox church of St. Lazarus was founded in the 9th century, and between the 13th and 16th centuries it served as a Catholic church. At this time a gothic portico was added on the south side of the building. During the Ottoman rule, the temple was converted into a mosque. After a short time, however, the Orthodox community bought the building and transformed it again into a church.

Saint Lazarus Day, eight days before Easter, is especially solemnly celebrated here. Then a procession takes place, during which an icon depicting St. Lazarus.

Church of St. Lazarus map
Larnaca , Cyprus