The magnificent 9th century stone church was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI -9th century and it was restored the 17th century.
It is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus.
Saint Lazarus came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus. He 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. Be sure to visit the tomb of the Saint –it gives you a very intense feeling of peace. I believe I cannot describe it with words.
The building incorporates many elements from the history of Cyprus and all these are found in one structure..
When the island came under Frankish and Venetian rule, the Church became Catholic so extra elements such as the Frankish Gothic style pediment and Italian style interiors were added. The visitor will surely admire the magnificent baroque iconostasis which was made during the time Cyprus was under the Venetian rule, however the artist was a Cypriot.
There is a cemetery at the very back of the Church. On the grave stones there are symbolic carvings in different languages. (French, Greek, Italian, who were the elite of that period.
I believe no matter if you are a Christian, a Catholic or even if you are not that religious, a visit here is a Must!
The Church is worth seeing even for the cultural and historical importance. If the guest is religious perhaps he will feel closer to God!
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