1. Larnaka
2. Limassol
3. Kourion
4. Palaepaphos
5. Nea Paphos
6. The Road to Polis
7. The Troodos
8. Morphou
9. Nicosia
10. Salamis
11. Kyrenia
12. St. Hilarion Castle
13. Bellapais Abbey
14. Karpas Peninsula

 

 
We all met up in Larnaka at the beginning of May for two weeks exploring the antiquities of Cyprus. The island is often called “the crossroads of the Mediterranean” and it is no exaggeration. Here the mainstreams of Eastern and Western civilization have mixed and mingled over the millennia to produce a unique and fascinating blend.
 

At the theatre with Willie, Bob, Toni, Ron and Lorna

 
The modern city of Larnaka overlies ancient Kition, one of the most important cities on the island from the Bronze Age to Roman times. Cyprus had long had strong connections with the Levant and, from the 8th century BC, Kition was a Phoenician city. The earlier Bronze Age temple was rebuilt using massive ashlar blocks and dedicated to the fertility goddess Astarte.
 

The foundations of the Astarte Temple at Kition

 

Consulting the Oracle

The Larnaka waterfront

 
Just outside the modern city, beside a large salt marsh, is one of the holiest sites in Islam— the tomb and mosque of Umm Haram known as Hala Sultan Tekke. She was the aunt and wet-nurse of the Prophet who apparently fell off her mule and died (at a ripe, old age it should be noted) while accompanying her husband on a plundering expedition of the Cypriote coast. Among pilgrimage sites the tomb ranks behind only Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem in importance.
 

The Mosque of Umm Haram at Hala Sultan Tekke

 
A little further down the road is the church of Panagia Angeloktisti, which houses a sixth century mosaic of the Virgin Mary.
 

The Church of Panagia Angeloktisti with Bob enjoying the tranquility of the gardens.

 
The Church of Ayios Lazaros contains the tomb of the saint who is supposed to have fled to Cyprus after the death of Jesus.
 

The Tomb of Lazarus

 
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