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Agios Lazaros Church And Ecclesiastical Museum

Larnaca, Cyprus

The magnificent 9th century stone church of Agios Lazaros was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century and restored in the 17th century. The church is one of the most remarkable examples by Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus, was ordained as bishop of Kition by the Apostles Barnabas and Paul and lived here for 30 years. His tomb can be seen under the sanctuary. The iconostasis is a superb example of baroque woodcarving. Eight days before Easter a processing is held during which St. Lazarus’ icon is carried through the streets of Larnaka. Next to the church is the Ecclesiastical Museum.

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