Церковь Святого Лазаря

Church of Saint Lazarus

  • How to get there: you can get there by car or hitchhiking. The building is located 11 kilometers near the city of Nicosia
  • Working hours: from 9:00 to 17:00 (June-October) and from 9:00 to 16:00 (November-May), lunch from 12-00 to 15-00
  • Entrance fee: free admission
  • Navigator tag: Google map

Церковь Хрисоспилиотисса Chrysopolitissa Church is a unique architectural structure inside a cave. You can get there by the equipped stairs. This is one of the earliest buildings of Christianity in Nicosia. Nearby you can visit a small village located next to the church – Kato Deftera.

There is a legend among the population that its inhabitants have seen a mysterious light in the mountains many times. To find out the natural explanation for the phenomenon, many went on small expeditions. So the villagers found a cave in the rock. There lay the image of the Virgin Mary, which exuded a bright light.

This cave is equipped with three rooms that are connected by corridors. The largest of these is the church. On its walls there are preserved fragments of frescoes that date back to the 13-15th century.

To see all the historical monuments with your own eyes, we recommend visiting the Church of Our Lady of Chrysospiliotissa.. It is better to go there on an excursion so that you will be told in detail about the history of the creation of a unique attraction.

Because of the events, the saint moved to Cyprus, where he joined the divine services of Barnabas and Paul. So he became the first Cypriot bishop. At the beginning of the tenth century, a burial site was discovered. The church of Saint Lazarus Larnaca was erected there.

The building itself looks quite noble. The building was made of solid brick, which has survived to this day. A small bell tower was built upward, at the top of which they placed the symbolic cross of Christ. Now this building can be visited by anyone who wants to know the origins of Orthodox history.

There are many leisure facilities nearby – cafes, restaurants and ordinary residential buildings. A beautiful area with flowers and benches for relaxation was arranged around the building. Alternatively, you can stay at the hotel next to the church, which overlooks the building itself.

Many believers come to this sight, who want to bow to the relics of the saint. Weddings and baptisms are also regularly held here. People come here at Easter. After all, eight days before the holiday, almost all the people of Larnaca gather in the church for common prayer.

Together with a visit to the church, you can go to the Byzantine Museum, which is located next to the building. Here you can see a large collection of old icons and utensils. This building was formerly attached to the Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca, Cyprus, but has now been translated as a separate building. Now the local collection has been supplemented with valuable artifacts taken from the temple.

We recommend visiting the Church of St. Lazarus in Cyprus together with the excursion team. So you can not only see everything with your own eyes, but also learn the historical aspects of the development of the building. You can get here easily and quickly on your own, and the impressions will last a lifetime.

Excursions with the Church of Saint Lazarus
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